Re: How long for rank?
Stanley Dunn (smd@OCCLUSAL.RUTGERS.EDU)
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 10:01:08 -0500
> This is not a family that thinks "my son has to
> be the first or best." They just do things together. How do I keep the
> kid interested in being a Scout if he races through the book?
I have two boys in my Den that will receive their Wolf badges at our next
pack meeting in December (one is my son). In our pack, the tigers
received their Bobcats at the end of their Bobcat year last May, so some
of the boys started working over the summer. Yes, in both of these cases,
the family has done things together. My wife and I have also have done
things together with my daughter, a Junior GS, on her badge requirements.
Within our Pack and Den we are also trying to emphasize more the Sports
and academic program. Many of our boys earn many belt loops, but we are
trying to promote more in depth work to earn the pins and letters.
Since the pins and letters require alot more time, this may occupy your
new Wolf. I think if he works on both a Sports and an Academic letter in
the spring, that could occupy a couple of months right there. I hope we
can do the same with our new Wolfs and for all the scouts in the Pack.
> I am also worried that those parents who do think "my kid has to be first
> or best" will race their kid through the requirements just to catch up.
> I have not run into a kid finishing so soon and I am afraid he will
> become burnt out on Scouting. I want to avoid the problem before it
> happens. Any advice???
We have not seen the other parents be competitive. In fact in our Den,
there are two families who have done NOTHING outside of what we have done
in the Den meetings. I fear we will lose the boys, who really enjoy the
comaraderie. The boys in between are motivated to work more on their
requirements; I think our 7 boys average 4 achievements completed. These
boys have way too many activities and the parents are too tired to spend
time on scouting, or so it seems to me.
Den Leader Den 8
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City