Cub Scout Roundtable Issue
|Volume 8, Issue 12
Webelos Forester & Naturalist
Hints And Tips
For New Cub Scout Leaders
York Adams Area
Plan your meetings far enough
ahead to allow time to gather materials needed. Set goals that you want to
accomplish during the year. Outline your program for the year and plan ahead to
involve as many people as possible. Plan each meeting ahead of time. You might
find it valuable to plan next weeks meeting after just completing a meeting.
Always have a plan B, each
group will be different and activities that thrilled one den may bore another,
and when they get bored they get rowdy. If they are showing signs of boredom
drop the activity and go to plan B and you will rarely have discipline problems.
If you plan an outdoor
activity, always have an indoor alternate planned.
Transitions from one activity
to the next are easiest if the meeting is planned so that the next activity is
always preferred to the current one. For example we begin with opening
ceremonies that reinforce the values of Scouting (boring) then go to advancement
activities (less boring but not as much fun as games which come next), after
games we go to snack time (they are always willing to stop what they are doing
for snack!). I use the fact that they have their hands full and their mouths
full as the best opportunity for announcements and reminders. Their parents are
beginning to show up, and it doesn't hurt that parents are also hearing the
announcements and reminders. It also helps to keep those impatient parents from
grabbing the Cub and leaving before the closing ceremony, since they intuitively
understand that they should not take their child away during announcements.
Don't try to carry all the
load yourself. In Tiger, Wolf and Bear dens the family unit is central to the
forming of the Cub Scout and activities revolved around the family unit. Get
other parents involved. Help them realize it is their program and then depend on
them to lend expertise on aspects of the program. Invite them to attend by
determining their interests and using them.
Leadership is developed and
learned. You can become an effective Cub Scout Leader if you will prepare
yourself and take the time to learn. Remember to be flexible in your planning.
There are no set answers to handling boys. Don't be afraid to experiment.
Get trained! Start out with
the Cub Scout Den Leader Fast Start video. It is very short and enjoyable to
watch. After you get settled in, attend New Leader Essentials and Cub Scout
Leader Specific Training at your district. . It is the best place to go to
learn your Cub Scouting fundamentals.
Understand the Cub Scout
program so you can help the boys grow throughout the program. There is a lot of
resources available to help you. One of your best resources is the monthly
district Cub Leader Roundtable, where you can exchange ideas with other Cub
Do your best, and, above all,
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