Re: National Den Award Issue
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@VM1.UCC.OKSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 5 Nov 1996 11:17:34 CST
Part of the idea of the National Den Award is to promote a year around
program. I remember that in the summer time we expanded our den meetings
to an hour and a half (instead of our normal one hour after school). And,
we added at least one extended outing each month. I remember my mother (who
was a den leader for at least 15 years) saying that she would not want to
give up summer den meetings because there was so much more that could be
done in the summer. Besides that, we cub scouts needed something to do
with our spare time!
I'll confess to paring down my den meetings during the summer to twice a
month with one of the meetings being a special activity--a favorite was to
go ice skating (which can be done in Minnesota during the summer). We also
went swimming at the public pool, toured a television station, visited a
horticultural research center, went fishing, took an excursion boat on a
local lake, took a four-hour steam train ride. We also went to cub day
camp at least one day, sometimes two since the council offered different
programs through the summer.
It really wasn't hard to find plenty of activities during the summer.
We sometimes had lower attendance when several boys were on vacation at the
same time but usually had at least 50 percent attendance, and sometimes
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