siblings at scout events
Michael N. Kazarinoff (mnk1@CORNELL.EDU)
Fri, 14 Feb 1997 07:51:01 -0500
One of our Sr. Webelos dens meets at the school in the evening.
As several of the moms are single, they have to haul the younger
sibs along in the car to deliver the cub to his meeting. Usually the
mom and sibs end up staying for the den meeting- if they went home,
they would essentially arrive home just in time to turn around and
go back for pick-up. Luckily these are smart moms and they bring
along appropriate activities for the sibs: coloring, books, quiet toys,
games, etc. The den leader also plans for the sibs, bringing enough
craft materials so the sibs can participate right along with the cubs-
the sibs crafts are supervised by the moms, and often in another
part of the room. And they all enjoy snack at the end of the meeting!
This little group of "pixie cubs" gets along well, and is so popular
that sibs who are normally left home, beg to come along to den meetings.
And, as I said, these are smart moms, and they don't allow the sibs to
interfere with the den meeting. The den meets in the cafeteria- a room
large enough so everyone has enough space, and this helps with control
of the sibs. The DL is able to discuss plans with parents and get
immediate feed-back because almost everyone is right there.
The moms lend a hand to help the DL and ADL when necessary.
The best benefit of this group is that the moms enjoy this chance
to visit with other moms, and it has built a real community spirit in the
After all, scouting is about families!
Holly Kazarinoff, Ithaca, NY
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City