James E Lade (jlade@JUNO.COM)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 16:42:41 EDT
Being the 2-time summer camp counselor and merit badge counselor
that I am/was, I was wondering if there is any one way to teach boys that
is better than just sitting there and lecturing for an hour. I cannot
help but relate that to how these boys learn in school and come to camp
to get away from that.
Granted, some merit badges or skills require that a boy gets a
formal lesson beforehand (first aid), where other badges or skills can be
taught while the boy is doing something. (knots, lashings, etc..)
I am a counselor for a variety of merit badges in our council (and
thinking about it, probably need to go through the counselor process
again), so I was wondering if the best way that a boy learns is by doing,
or is it a combination of seeing, hearing, and doing, or is it
tailor-made according to each boy?
I see counselors at camp that the boys just adore, and they have an
energetic attitude, and they pay attention to every boy they teach, and
they give each boy personal attention and try to make the badge exciting,
and I always watch them and try to incorporate what they do (which
obviously works) to what I do (which kind of works but needs some
improvement here and there).
Asst SM Troop 301
St. Petersburg, FL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City