Michelle's First Den Meeting
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Fri, 31 Oct 1997 14:37:20 -0700
I think we have all had a den meeting with someone (hopefully not one of
your own kids, but usually it is) running around the house off task.
Here's a few thoughts
1. Give it a couple meetings for the Scouts to figure out what is
expected. Some take a little longer to figure out what the candle is for
and what the Cub Scout sign is for. My worst meetings are always at the
beginning of a new school year, even with Scouts I've had for two years.
2. Find out what makes this little "character" tick. Pick an activity or
project HE will like.
3. Make your first few meetings special. Have some of your BEST games,
crafts, some challenging activities, a field trip. Use your BEST beads
for the den doodle. As the kids understand what is expected and have fun,
they will look forward to each subsequent meeting.
4. Den doodles work well, but particularly with attention deficit kids.
You don't know he is one (yet) but he (and probably all his buddies) like
getting a bead or gumball for remembering his book, staying on task,
wearing his uniform.
Don't worry, Michelle. Behavior tends to improve over time. If it
doesn't, post again, and the Scouts-L Scouters will talk you through the
next steps to try.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City