Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: neatness-challenged Cub
Wed, 3 Feb 1999 10:35:20 EST
There's a Webelo in my pack that wears his shirttail out and a backwards =
baseball cap on his head. He will take off the cap and tuck his shirt =
in when told to, but the shirttail ends up being back out in a few =
minutes. The Webelos leader says that he has tried to get him to dress =
properly, but apparently has had no success. (The Webelo's parents =
dress just as sloppy as the son does.) It's hard to teach the other =
boys about proper uniforming when they see him. What can be done
Have visitors come and say something.. sometimes somebody else can get
attention better than the same ol' leaders! <G>
Peer pressure is the best. Start making den awards for uniform inspections at
the Pack meetings, at events, at any time where his den is with at least one
other den. Let them know that the inspection is an all-day (or all-event)
thing and will be awarded at the end, and make it something cool. Make sure
they all know it ahead of time. Do it often. Give first, second, thirds. The
boys will see who's holding them back and will lean on him-- or remind him.
Then praise, praise, reinforce, reinforce.
Have the den leaders have uniform contests in their dens to prepare-- have the
boys close their eyes, or look up at the ceiling, and say (guess?) where the
flag is, where the den numerals are, etc. Have the boys vote on best uniform..
Give prizes for best uniform.
One thing I saw done which had a good impact was a leader who came up to do
the pack awards dressed absolutely awfully. He wore his shirt untucked,
buttoned funny, with emblems on wrong, plaid pants and a baseball hat, gave
the salute p, and a discussion ensued with the boys about who they thought
looked like a Scout and who didn't. Pride in appearance and how you look to
the world, as a person and as a Scout, came in. How should people be able to
tell the world what's important? Who looks like he cares about himself?
Just a few...
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
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NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety
I useta be an Eagle...
'The staff is old and feeble, and we can sing no more,
So we're getting out of Gilwell while we can!'