Re: dividing dens
Michelle and Rick Grosek (rgrosek@STURGIS.COM)
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 09:05:42 -0700
First, a brief introduction. My name is Michelle Grosek and I am a Bear den
leader for Pack 109 in Sturgis, South Dakota. Last year I was a Wolf leader of
13 boys, all of which returned this year.
In response to the question regarding den size. It is my personal opinion that
a den of 12-15 boys is ideal, especially if there are several involved parents
or assistant leaders. At the beginning of my boys' Wolf year, they hardly knew
each other and were quite shy, but now they are all very close, even though
they are divided between two schools. This year our pack grew from 22 boys (13
of which were in my den) to 110 and my boys insisted on staying together.
I have to admit that sometimes the meetings get a little "energized", but we
accomplish our goals and, most importantly, the boys have fun. When we have an
involved activity, I simply divide them into stations, as you had stated, and
appoint various parents to help out.
I can see the advantages of smaller dens. But, personally I prefer the
interaction of the larger group of boys with each other. When we do physical
activities and games, it's really fun for the boys and for the parents
I am a firm believer in involving the parents. I let them choose a theme or
activity they would like to lead the boys in and I just assist them or sit back
and do paperwork, signing books, etc. It gives me a break away from organizing
activities every week and the boys enjoy seeing someone else's face up front
every now and then.
Bear Den Leader
Pack 109 Sturgis, SD
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