scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Boys and Discipline long
Sandy Lenichek (Sqrnot@AOL.COM
Wed Nov 03 1999 - 23:16:37 CST
Try using a game. (Scouting is a "game with a purpose)
1. Candle Baseball- Light a large candle at the beginning of the meeting
every time there is inappropriate behavior the whole group gets one strike.
You remember baseball?
Three strikes and you're out... so the candle gets blown out for the rest of
the meeting. When the candle is burned to a nub the WHOLE DEN gets ice cream
or pizza or a special field trip (some type of prize) Be careful not to make
the candle too large. Make up your own rules re: what constitues
inappropriate behavior, use the Scout Law as a reference. Make the game
fun!!!!! Get the boys to help you set the behavior rules you want them to
follow. Make a contract listing all the rules and get them to sign it.
2. Issue 3 - 5 marbles to each boy, if any boy breaks a rule hold out your
hand, don't say a word he must give you a marble, if he argues he must give
up another one. At the end of the meeting all of the marbles the boys have
left go into a great big pickle jar, when the jar is full the WHOLE DEN gets
Either of these games works very well to help maintain order. Be sure you
give them time to let off steam, especially if the den meetings are after
If the problem is talking you can use the talking feather .... Decorate a
large feather by wrapping the stem with embroidery thread... only the person
holding the feather can talk (this can also be used with one of the above
This may make things easier for you, being a Den Leader is the most
important jobs in Scouting... most Eagles start as Cub Scouts.
Boys are bundles of energy, use the energy don't work against it, work with
it. Also at this age you can loose the attention easily so BE PREPARED with a
back up plan if what you are doing dosn't work.Have a roll of toilet paper so
the den can stand in a circle with shoulders touching and wrap themselves
without dropping the roll, the marble belt loop information has some GREAT
marble games and by playing them the boys can earn the belt loop. Get a den
chief if you can and if not, get the den chief handbook. Always have enough
short pieces of rope so the boys can practice the knots, after they get the
basics down time them ( our record for the bowline for a Wolf was 6 seconds)
just do what it takes to keep your meeting flowing.
Former Den Leader
Webelos Leader Pack 66
Troop CC Troop 11