Re: Cub Scout peer pressure
Ellen M. Rohr (erohr@JUNO.COM)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 12:16:52 EDT
On Mon, 19 Aug 1996 10:46:26 -0400 Kevin S Woods writes:
> We have been experiencing a significant drop out rate between
the 4th and 5th grades. Parents and den leaders say their boys are bored
I wonder if bringing boys in at the first grade level as tigers has
contributed to this?
I think that the TC program could be a contributing factor. Especially
if your pack isn't paying careful attention to age appropriate
activities. TC should NOT be doing everything that the other CS are
doing. Such as Pinewood Derby and CS Softball. There should be
something available for the boys to look forward to.
Just like in Boy Scouting you should have campouts that only First Class
Scouts and higher rank can attend. This is an incentive for boys to
advance in rank. Something to look forward too.
He then writes:
> My hope this year is to accelerate the 4th grade program. I
hope to be able to motivate the den leaders into doing a fall event.
I think this is another contributing factor. If your den leaders are not
motivated the boys will get bored. One of the reason the Webelos program
is different from the Wolf and the Bear is because 10 and 11 year olds
are changing. They are beginning to change their interests and hobbies.
They are getting more activities. Webelos is a changed program to help
stimulate some of those different interests.
Your Webelos den leader needs to change also. You can't start off 4th
grade at the same pace as you ended 3rd. You have to have high energy.
Keep moving. Keep them interested by giving them a taste of what is to
come in the future of Boy Scouting. They are changing rapidly during
this year and you need to keep up with them. They aren't going to hang
around and wait for you.
I have learned this from experience. I started out too slowly in my 4th
grade den and almost lost a few. I learned quickly to step up the pace.
Get your den leaders motivated. Be sure they attend Webelos den leader
training and any other supplemental training that your council offers.
If they aren't open to that encourage them to get guest presenters for
their different activity pins. The boys are tired of hearing the den
leader talk. They have learned after 2 or 3 years how to push your
buttons. If you get guest presenters it keeps them on their toes and
interested in continuing the program.
One other point, if you lose them after 2 or 3 years, be grateful you
held them this long. Scouting isn't for everyone. Just like not all of
us want to go bungee jumping.
Too often it is the parent that puts the child into CS as something to
do. BSA, Babysitters of America, as our council sometimes says. At least
he tried it, so what if Mikey didn't like it.
If you presented the program the best way you could. You probably made a
difference to that boy. Maybe not this year but when he is old enough to
have a family he probably will remember his CS days and his child will go
into scouting. You never know he may even be the den leader.
Potawatomi Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City