Re: What would have helped...?
Kevin Williams (akhwts1@PEABODY.SCT.UCARB.COM)
Tue, 4 Jun 1996 02:10:42 EDT
On Fri, 31 May 1996 12:48:32 -0600 Jan Mussler wrote:
>What, in your opinion, would have been the most helpful thing to know in
>yur first year as a Den Leader, that you know now that you didn't know
This is great topic !!
New den leaders should attend training ASAP.
Read the Den book (wolf,bear,webloes) from cover to cover and know it in AT LEAS
T a general way.
I had two new wolf leaders with me this weekend, and was going over achievements
with the boys, and one stated "I didn't even know that was in there" !!! Same l
eader constantly ignored the "no scouts within 20 feet of the road" rule.
Plan meetings over the summer with your den to work on the outdoor activities su
ch as fishing, museum tour, school lawn cleanup. This keeps those requirements
in the warm season and also keeps the scouts interested in the summer. Next yea
r out pack is switching to a 12 month, fully planned program, summer months bein
g no different.
Plan a written schedule of the next years activities, what achievement and elect
ive to be done at each den meeting. Give this to the parents at the advancement
meeting and tell them, any other achievements they want to do have to be done o
ne on one with parents and scouts. Plan Achievements thru the summer and thru O
ctober, then electives only after that, in case meeting are canceled in the wint
er. (In WV we lose 1/2 of DEC and JAN to storms).
This keeps the kids from repeating achievements and electives and being bored at
the den meetings.
Recognize achievements and accomplishments ASAP, the kids really need this.
I follow the three month rule, if a child start missing meetings, talk to the pa
rents and the child, then call and inform them of all activities for 3 months, a
nd then give it up as a lost cause. The time limit here is optional depending o
n your beliefs.
Plan to start the new year after kickoff and recruitment with activities that ke
ep the new boys interested and comming.
I have an advantage here, I take my son to school everyday, and my wife picks hi
m up, and we both make it a point to talk to all of our scouts everyday, show th
em we are interested in how they are doing, and let them know what we are doing
that week, and build interest and enthusiasm all the time. This is also a great
way to recruit new boys.
This is what I think a new leader needs to know, but I'm sure there is more.
Kevin H. Williams
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City