December Cub Theme-The Golden Rule
Beth Guth (bethguth@ENTER.NET)
Tue, 2 Dec 1997 08:33:47 -0500
We too will be visiting a nursing home this year. I was upset last year by
the boys reaction to old people. "Gross", "yuck", "they smell" and "let's
get out of here" and other comments of the like. (We won't have any of
those comments this year).
I called the recreation director to schedule this year and gently shared my
thoughts about our boys and how our busy modern lifes requires us to put
our old people away, where the kids don't see them. Yet, I also was
thinking of the childrens reaction to the handicapped (mental and physical)
kids in their classes and how wonderful and sensitive they are toward them.
Even protective and defensive of them. Ding Ding Ding. Familiarity. With
the nursing home they stood up there separate. No contact. Next year
(when I am cubmaster) rather than the usual carols, the recreation director
has suggested we play bingo with them.
They have a hard time keeping up and placing the pieces on the board.
As to gifts, which we usually take, she said they really didn't understand
or have a use for our clever craft projects. What they really enjoy, all
year round, is the birds. She said that several years ago our cub pack
made them bird feeders. These were lost in the two hard winters we had.
NEXT YEAR: BIRD FEEDERS! This year, we are rolling pinecones in peanut
butter-lard then rolling in bird seed. Their maintenance man keeps the
feeders full and will put out the pinecones.
We will be caroling this year, but I am going to have the boys do a few
skits and one webelos, who is a magician, do some tricks. Maybe the tigers
can do some of their knock-knock jokes too.
>We decided to "do a good turn" at our meeting. Our gathering activity will
>last through part of the meeting and will be a holiday craft- each attendee
>will bring an old holiday card and frame it with popsicle sticks, and add a
>yarn hanger, then decorate the sticks with glitter, markers, etc. Then the
>pictures will be given to a nursing home.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City