Deborah J.C. Morrow (corzines@SIU.EDU)
Fri, 19 Jul 1996 10:34:59 -0500
As CubMaster, when we first get out the pack's Sports and Academic booklets,
I let the boys choose which ones they want to work on throughout the year,
and then they and their parents "borrow" them (sometimes they come back, and
sometimes they don't). If more than one boy wants the same subject, then
one set of parents buys the book.
Mainly for the practice of reading (our pack's big on that), we browse
through the requirements. Each boy takes a book and reads all or a portion
(whatever their reading level is) of an interesting page. Since most of the
actual requirements are similar, I have a handout with the requirements
listed, and I read those out after handing them to the parents. The boys
are not required to read, but they usually all do a little bit (sometimes
there's two boys "helping" each other with the hard words). It takes a
little bit of time, but the boys and parents seem to like it. I do this in
the October pack meeting (not first of the year!).
I also make sure what sports the new boys have done during the summer, and
contact their coaches to verify practices and teams. The boys only earn a
belt loop by this method, not the pin or anything else (the verification
takes about a month, so the boys are surprised when they get a pin at the
next pack meeting).
This often leads the boys to try a new sport, or do an academic program with
another boy. It's really interesting to watch the interaction! Most of my
boys are not interested in anything other than the loop, for some reason.
Deb Morrow (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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