Slowing down the pace of the den meeting
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 19 Jun 1996 17:12:04 -0600
John, Another thing which might slow down the pace of your meeting, yet
keep the boys engaged is more songs and stories. I'm not real good at
openings and rarely get the "Den Leader's Minute" or closing in because we
always seem to run over. So, I try, on a regular basis to interject a
"story" with a moral, or use an Ethics in Action, but nearer the beginning
of the meeting. For Bears, tall tales would be good (still get that
achievement done). You might even make puppets and act one out for a skit.
Native american tales are good and meet a Wolf elective. Check the
Scouts-L archives. I got a bunch of stories from there and from the list
from time to time.
Keep a list of songs handy - Wolfs need a bunch. Write up the words on
newsprint (one of those easels with a tablet would be great) and keep tape
handy. If everyone's done or almost everyone, just sing a funny song or
work on one they need.
I can do pretty well with 2 or 3 different activities going. I or the DA
float back and forth between groups and offer advice and a little help.
By having a lot going it does keep you on your toes and also out of the
boy's faces. You can help too much.
Seems like I have little slack time - we always need a skit, joke or song
for the Pack meeting. Just have some materials handy so you can start if
you have extra time.
In one desparate moment, when my first project bombed and the second was
complete and there was 20 minutes left to go, I grabbed some tin cans I
had been saving and some string, hammer and nail and the kids made tin can
telephones. I was just sure I had seen it in the book somewhere......
Anyway, who says everything we do has to count for something. The kids
thought it was swell. Styrofoam meat trays make great gliders and
"regatta boats". A knife, scissors and a little hot glue goes a long way.
Hope you get lots of ideas.
- - Jan Mussler, DL, Pack 170, Nederland, CO
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