Fast Running Wolf
Kelly Parker (Kelly_Parker@MESAQM.SPS.MOT.COM)
Mon, 17 Nov 1997 09:11:45 -0700
Re: Robin Toomey's letter on the boy who had almost finished his wolf badge
As Cubmaster for five years, I've run into this a few times. In one or
two cases, I am
not certain that the boy truly met the requirements, and I had to spend a lot
asking myself "Who do I help, who do I hurt?" and talking to parents and
In this case, two things come to mind. One--electives may be worked on
badge of rank is awarded--the Arrow points are not awarded until after the
but you may very well have a boy get 2-3 points with his Wolf badge. The ones
should not be erased.
Two--The achievement plan is only one of the methods of Cub Scouting. Den
should be delivering an exciting program (with ups and downs) in each den
Pack meetings should be lively and focus on what boys have done--not just
achievements and awards, but skits, songs, and trips to fun places. Your
support your pack with more fun things. We keep boys because of what the
is--FUN! Boys burn out when we don't deliver the fun, but turn everything into
to earn more embroidered cloth.
Use these parents and their son--have them suggest an outing or hike for
the den and
set it up. Have the boy work with new boys to get their Bobcat. Key to keeping
from racing through is to slow the emphasis on the badge as the sole purpose.
too many other parts. By keeping the other purposes strong--spiritual growth,
citizenship, sportsmanship, family understanding, getting along with others,
growth, helpfulness, exciting things to do--we keep the boy interested all the
way to the
ninth purpose--preparing them for Boy Scouts.
CM, Pack 43 MC,Troop 110 MC, GSUSA Junior/Brownie Troop 2026
Firebird District Camelback Neighborhood, Cactus-Pine Council
Grand Canyon Council "I used to be an eagleI"
Phoenix, AZ W-CS-41
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