Re: Den Meeting
David Grima (dgrima@COURIERPUB.COM)
Tue, 16 Dec 1997 11:33:58 -0400
>Does anyone have any good ideas for a Wolf Den Meeting? We've already made
>Christmas presents and ornaments. I've got the How To book, Internet
>searches, Boy's Life, and the 97-98 Guide, but I would like to do something
>REALLY fun with the boys that they will ALL participate in. They gripe about
>games, skits, artsy craftsy projects, etc. The only thing that they all agree
>on liking is VIDEO games, and that's not gonna happen! Does anyone else get
Yes, we all get mental block. As a Webelos leader now (and Cubmaster) the
den program is far more heavily tied into earning pins. But I was a Bear
leader first, and sometimes even those neatly canned BSA programs can get
tedious. They sometimes end up resembling school lessons too much, which is
a general weakness of the Cub Scout program. It's the Boy Scouts who get to
actually do different stuff from what they do at school, but it does not
mean we should give up completely.
Get out. Go do something real rather than doing arts & crafts things. They
get that at school anyway. I do not know where Michelle lives, because she
did not say. If she is in the Midwest, it will be hard to do the kind of
things we do on the Maine coast. We might go tour a schooner, or
investigate lobster fishing.
Have the boys think up and carry out a community service project at a local
kennel, or something. Go to an airport and tour an airplane. Get a ride on
a fire truck. Forget seasonal themes like Christmas and Thanksgiving,
because schools cover that to exhaustion point. Have the boys search for
pen pals overseas, by inquiring for an English Scout unit to get in touch
via this list, for example. Or an Australian unit.
You will find that one outdoor meeting per month will blow the cobwebs away
most of the time. Good luck.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City