Helping Cubs too much - was prb. w/ WDL
Jan Mussler (mussler@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 12:46:42 -0700
Kris, Helping too much with the Cubs/Webelos projects is a common problem
for both Den Leaders and Parents.
1) If there is a problem resulting with the other Webelos boys saying,
HEY, they didn't have to do what I did to get the pin explain (to parents
a) I want you to do as much work on your own as possible. You'll learn
b) I am the Den Leader for this den and I'm following the book exactly
(or however you're doing it).
c) You really EARNED this pin. What a great job. Don't rag on the other
leader who's really causing you some problems. He or she has enough
2) Explaing to your parents you believe in quality, not quantity. Or
that Process is more important than how the project looks. It should look
like the kid made it!
3) No doubt the other Webelos, while working harder are having more fun
and challenge. The other den will have retention problems.
4) Model, model, model. Have some joint meetings and YOU lead it, if you
can and show how you do what you do. Share ideas you bring back from
training. This leader may be too busy to go. Have Sportsman activities
Time management is a difficult art at best; And I find I fight the urge
all the time to "do too much" for the boys. And if I'm not, my WDL hubby
is. He wants to cut all the wood pieces for the boys. I mother too much.
I think modeling from the other WDL dens is the way to go. Sometimes I
find I don't WANT to share some of the "good" ideas I've gleaned or have
an activity with another den. Competative nature, on my part. However,
ALL the boys benefit if I do.
This Den Leader may be fighting a large time crunch as well. How often do
they meet? I find it amazing sometimes that our other Webelos den
finishes in 2 meetings a month what takes us 4. BUT... I think my Scouts
are getting a lot out of what we do. They come back every week. So it's
not my business really how the other den does what they do. I hope their
boys are having fun too.
Hope that helps Kris.
Jan Mussler, Webelos Den Leader, Pack 170
Nederland, CO - Long's Peak Council
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