Re: What would have helped...?
Kim Jarvis (kimmyj@FLASH.NET)
Mon, 3 Jun 1996 17:35:59 -0500
At 12:48 PM 5/31/96 -0600, you wrote:
>I'll be teaching a class at Akela's Council in the Fall and I'd like to
>pose a question for discussion....
>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
Don't be afraid to ask questions and ask for help. Help can come from your
parents in scheduling field trips, speakers (ie, Police Dept visits, person from
the zoo to show snakes, etc).
Don't be afraid to ask for help from folks at Roundtable. We had one leader
that didn't "like" to go to Roundtable. After a while, only 2 boys would show
up at his meetings. He said he "couldn't do a meeting with only 2 boys" so
he'd let them play Nintendo the entire meeting time. His den folded, I got
the 2 boys and kept them thru Webelos. One is still with me (his son) and
is working out personal/family problems. His parents tried to get him to
stay but he wanted to drop out.
Read everything you can get your hands on. Experiment with games and ideas that
you find. If it doesn't work, try something different next time. I kept a
Diary" for a while (before I got lazy). I knew who completed what on that
night, and what we did. I wrote down things that worked here too.
Enjoy the boys. For the most part, they are a blast.
Good Luck, hope this helps.
>Hope you have lots of ideas!
> - - Jan Mussler, DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
> / \ / \Arapahoe District, Longs Peak Council
>/ \/ \8500 feet and still climbing...
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