Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Worms, bugs and boogers
Worms, bugs and boogers
Wed, 11 Aug 1999 09:41:55 -0700
<Fri, 6 Aug 1999 07:45:59 Beaver <xl23795@SWBELL.NET>
<Subject: Worms, bugs and boogers
<One of the best ways we can "link" our Cub Scout and Boy Scout
<"quality" programs together is through the leadership of a young man
<known as the Den Chief. I'm looking for some keen advice or some
<new spice to give to Den Chiefs and Den Leaders as we head into the
<fall Pack season.
<What's worked for you?
Hi SM KS-DaveB,
Gosh Dave, Quite a Title for a Subject, What did the young lady of
your life or that older one think about that "booger" word....
We have had discussions on this subject a year+ ago and the "what
worked" answers usually depended on how well the troop, the pack,
and the leadership interacted. Quite often the Troop was the weak
link so many of the Cub Leaders filled the gap the best they could
with some dad or mom who had a long scouting history. One SM was
a dynamo that covered all the bases at one time.
My OWN best answer, if you as SM and your Troop Adults can manage
it, is close to the books with a little adjustment.
1>Assign, or is that, Accept the Volunteerism of a New Patrol ASM
that serves the pack and particularly mentors the Den Chiefs
as they actually serve with the Den Leaders. Plan to move him up.
2>Buy the Den Chief Book for each boy and give them their insigna
or shoulder rope.
3>Have the NP-ASM and Den Chief read the book and apply the info.
4>Plan the date and the data for when EACH Den Chief will receive his
award for achieving WHAT is in those neat BSA Books.
(NO NO I gain nothing in Profit from BSA in case you might ask)
5>Make sure that the NP-ASM and the Den Chiefs you choose participate
in your Troop's program particularly camp outs and patrol
This gives them true and current visibility as to a young man's true
ability and potential.
6>YOUR NP-ASM has to be comfortable asserting themselves when working
with the various Den Leaders as they support the Den Chiefs. Hey
those moms and dads are sometimes tough, and kind, like CO-JanM and
JoeA, once upon a time, and they have to be YET the NP-ASM and the
Den Chief know where EACH boy/DL should be HEADED.
The Reason for the above IMHO stuff is as follows:
Boy Scouts, in good and reasonably mature troops can do a lot more
than MOST Cub Den Leaders have ever seen, can even imagine, or can
seem to utilize. Quite often the DLs misuse the BSs rather than use
them for all they can really offer. The NP-ASM knowing what these
know, can do, and how to work with them will help with the
needed to make the Den Chief successful and for many Den Leaders to
see something quite unique and exciting for the growth of their own
On the Den Leader's side you have to be understanding and remember
the age of the boys they are working with and unless they themselves
have been through the cycle of maturity recently that it is difficult
to appreciate a scout and how much they are a blend between that
old carefree trusting and disconnected cub they used to know and a
young man who may be a future Life or Eagle Scout.
YiS, IMHO, and may we each attempt to live the SO,SL,SS,SM
Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Baden-Powell Council
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