Re: It's been a while.....
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 09:45:06 -0700
michelle storrusten wrote:
> ...my question is, how long
> should it take to earn the Bobcat Badge? How do we test them?
> Verbally, in a
> group, just take their word for it?
What I do is "drill and grill"...we start our meetings right after
school begins in September and by the October Pack Meeting (ours are at
the end of each month) my boys have all earned their Bobcat. Since I've
usually had the Wolf den in our Pack, this has worked well for the boys,
in order to get them started on their Wolf. But this year I ended up
with Bears, which is okay...but only 2 of them were Wolves from last
year so I had a bunch of new kids who needed to get their Bobcat before
starting on Bear. I work really intensely in the den meetings with
them, going over their requirements, and this year I called on the two
Wolves to help...they all seemed to have fun in spite of my "drill
sergeant" routine, and they did learn it pretty quick...and I spring
"reviews" on the den during the year. I try to do as much with the den
meetings as I can while they advance in rank but ultimately they have to
get their family involved for a large part of it.
Our biggest problem is we really need 2-deep leadership and can't get
enough people for it. My first year as a Den Leader, I had an assistant
who I could NOT count on to be there plus I was pregnant with my younger
son. It was really hard and there were a lot of meetings when I wished
I was home resting. One good thing about that year, though, is that my
older son, who started that year as a Wolf, is now working on his
Eagle. But back to the topic...I don't think there is anything to say
how fast the Bobcat rank can be earned...and I personally test each boy
in the den...they aren't awarded it until I'M satisfied they know their
stuff...but I DO encourage their family to help them work on it in
between den meetings.
Sorry I went on so long!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City