Re: Cub Scout peer pressure
Cheryl Hamm (Hamm@MAIL.DEC.COM)
Mon, 19 Aug 1996 15:16:45 -0400
I see this sort of thing happening with the Girl Scouts as soon as the
Daisy's got rolling (kindergarten girls). They started doing things
that used to be done by the first grade brownies. By the 3rd year of
Brownies, the kids are bored, so they move them up to Juniors early.
By the time they are starting 6th grade they are bored with Juniors,
so they get moved up into Cadettes (or drop out). As you may have
figured, 9th graders are tired of Cadettes and want to be Seniors,
which causes problems for me as a Senior Advisor. Many 9th graders
are just not mature enough to do the stuff the Seniors do. I feel I
need to take them (or they will leave the Scouting program), but it's
not fair to the older girls in the troop who have waited a long time
for what they have now.
This coming year we are starting a mentoring program. Each older girl
"adopted" a younger girl. (It seems to be working so far, ask me at
the end of the year.) This makes the older girls feel good as well as
forcing the younger girls to come up to speed (mentally and
emotionally). There are still things that come up where you have to
be 16 or older to do. It's not fair to hold the older ones back, so
we split the group at that point. It doesn't happen often, but every
once in a while....
Maybe you could do a mentoring program at the younger level. Let the
older kids do more planning/teaching in the troop.???
Cheryl Hamm (215)943-5380
From: Tim Goncharoff[SMTP:tgonchar@CATS.UCSC.EDU]
Sent: Monday, August 19, 1996 2:42 PM
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
Subject: Re: Cub Scout peer pressure
I agree with Ellen. We kept our 4th and 5th graders interested by
getting more active-more camping, more outdoor events. We also
them up with our local Boy Scout troop and gave them a sense of what
had to look forward to. Every year the Webelos do a campout with the
Scouts and they love it. I never felt that Tiger Cubs was "using up"
their enthusiasm too soon.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City