Getting the Webelos to Achieve - Alicia
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Thu, 6 Nov 1997 08:27:15 -0700
Alicia, the key for getting the Webelos to move on Activitiy Pins probably
does not lie in getting the boys to work at home. They will not achieve
in an even pace that way. It will be a glut of pins at the end if they
get any at all. As good as my boys are, they don't do much outside of
den. Family life in this age is hectic at best.
Encouraging the parents to work on Fitness in the summer was key for my
boys. There are things in the snowly climate that can't be done in the
winter. We concentrated on those. Not all the boys got the fitness
requirement, but some did and that's a start. We could only work on
fitness, athelete and sportsmans from May to September.
Webelos Summer Camp was the other thing that made a difference. I got all
but two boys (though I picked up three new boys in September) to go to
camp. Not only did boys, dads and moms have a blast, we got a jump start
on 5 pins.
Because you can't meet more often (weekly), why not try a couple "Activity
Pin Universitys" of your own devise on a Saturday. Make them about 3-4
hours long (longer and you'll be tired and crazy!) and work on a few
requirements here and there in several pins OR pick and pin (like showman
or communicator) and do the whole pin. The downside is that the boys who
miss that one session, miss the pin. We did communicator this way and
I've got all but two boys getting that pin. We did Showman over the month
of October and all the boys got that pin. That was 4 meetings of hard,
constant work on just Showman.
You've got to devise a way to meet more.
Also, I don't plan anything but local field trips October through April.
The weather is too unpredictable.
"Santa's Workshop" over winter break can also be a fun way to have the
boys longer. You could do Craftsman and ARtist activities (for holiday
gifts or good turns of course) and have Open House for the parents to chat
and get to know each other. By having "Annual Parent's Meetings" (really
they end up to be Scout family get-togethers) my parents see the kids in
action and are more into the Program. KISMIF. Cookies and punch for
adults. Hope that helps.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
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