Re: Behaviour Contract
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 21:14:23 -0400
Our cub den used a rules contract their bear year, back in 1993-4. At the
first den meeting of the fall (the pack didn't meet in the summer), the
new DL sat down with the boys and wrote out a list of about 5 rules that
the boys agreed to follow, along with sanctions. It worked pretty well.
; However, this is no substitute for kkeeping them busy! Come to each
den meeting with more stuff than you can possibly get done, as well as
some quiet gathering time activities.
Another thing that works is the conduct candle. Find a slow-buring
candle, and put a mark on it, say 3-4 inches down the shaft. Tell the
boys that at each meeting, you are going to light the candle. After you
have had to put your cub sign up the third time, you'll blow it out.
When the candle burns down to the mark, you'll take them out for ice
cream. After blowing out the candle a few times, they'll get the idea
that the better they behave, the quicker they'll get ice cream.
Or, award a bead to the kid who's the best behaved at each meeting. That
is, if you use the bead system. This is where you give a bead to each
kid who shows up on time, one if in complete uniform, one for each
activity, one for each achievement completed, etc. The kids compete for
the most beads at the end of the year--the one with the most gets a prize.
Anyway, the variations to enforce or obtain deisred behavior are endless;
just use your imagination. But as I said, none of this is a subsitute
for a good program that keps them engaged and out of trouble in the first
YiS (from a former DL and CM),
Peter Farnham (and a good old Beaver, Too)
SM, Troop 113
Colonial District, NCAC
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