Re: Den Discipline Problems
Terry Henley (TerryH@COWBOY.NET)
Wed, 17 Dec 1997 20:59:32 -0600
"There seems to be 3 boys who do not behave and pull the rest of the =
to their level. At her last Den meeting the boys got into a pecan
throwing contest, who can hit the most of the Den members and bystanders
with pecans. When the Den Leader asked the boys to stop one of them hit
her with a Pecan."
I have been in similar situations before and have found that a change =
of pace often can stop bad behavior. For example, I agreed to have a =
Whittling den meeting if the boys in my Webelo den could behave for four =
consecutive meetings. This wasn't easy but I found that the boys were so =
excited about using their knives that they towed the line. They also =
knew that if they did not follow safety rules at our whittling den =
meeting that their knives would be taken away. I had a "safe" activity =
planned for "bad" boys. No one lost their knife! Plan a field trip or =
pizza party as a reward for following rules.=20
I would also recommend that a parent attend meetings and supervise their =
child after a "bad behavior" incident. Banning boys is generally not a =
good idea. You may consider banning the child from a pack meeting and =
It is not easy keeping things in control; the larger a den the more =
difficult it becomes. Plan outdoor activities and games to allow the =
boys time to vent.
I also recommend that your leader get a "trained" assistant leader and =
a den chief (maybe two for a large den). They can be a great asset and =
can help avoid burnout. Lots of supervision can definitely help to stop =
bad behavior before it gets out of hand.
Bad behavior should never be tolerated. Three strikes and my boys call =
their parent to pick them up. A leader must be taken seriously. You =
won't be respected if you don't follow through with discipline. In fact =
the behavior usually gets worse.
Hope this helps!
Webelo II leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City