Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Fri, 1 Mar 1996 09:38:58 -0700
Scouters, I admire that so many of you spend so much time in Scouting
activities. What are your secrets for managing the balance between these
activities and families with your jobs? I start half time work next week
and I'm scared stiff I will neglect my boys (my sons and my other
Wolfs) because of my work and Scouting activities. What's the balance?
I know most of you attend lots more meetings and training than I do. I'd
like to be a more active Scouter. Hints?
Also to Dan, The way I do some of the achievements with my less
physically able scouts is to keep in mind - Do Your Best. If they have
given good effort, have attempted the feat, it's a reasonable facsimile
of the move, I encourage parents (in my case) to grant credit. My son
couldn't catch, so we used a bean bag and ball glove to check off on Wolf
Achiev. 1. It hurt a lot less when I hit him in the head! (He was sure
his mother couldn't throw!<g>!) I'd say it it's close to a Shoot The
Duck, and good effort has been shown, award the Skating Award.
For the Scouter who has trouble with ADD "Billy" - my boys who get
off-task easily, are much easier to handle if - I hand out stickers (B&G
placemat material), stamps (build that collection), beads (Akela's
Council necklace for April). They know who they are usually and they
will ask me if they have been on task long enough to earn something and
now know to ask for something else to do. I prepare more activities than
you might think necessary, because these kids finish quickly what they
are doing. Look at electives and have materials on hand to (Wolf) mix
colors, make a poster, help with a Pack prop. I also took my Candyland
board and made cards for different Wolf achievements which they can be doing.
Last week, I had the boys help me cut 2 liter bottles for indoor
garden/cold frames for next week.
YiS, Jan Mussler, DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City