Books . . . .
I was once asked to suggest an activity for Lion or Tiger Den. I suggested, why not read a story to them, say a chapter a meeting? A classic adventure story, Treasure Island, Jungle Book, even Profiles in Courage. The Den leader looked at me like I was speaking Chinese...….
I can think of no better way to quiet down a class (Den?) then to read to them. Appropriate voices and inflections as one is able. Pictures optional. Make it worth while, a reward for accomplishing the cleanup. Ten, maybe even 15 minutes of sit down and rapt attention, it is worth practicing.
I have no fast statistics about this, but I just feel that today's parent doesn't read to their kids like our mom and pop did to us. Or at least to me. When I was judged old enough, I received a BIG GOLDEN BOOK of the Illiad and the Odyssey. What words I did not know, I learned. That book lies on the shelf downstairs waiting for the Gchild to be old enough. I was read to , eveynight before bed, and at odd times and to help with school work. I remember my elementary teachers, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Wetzel, Mr. Prentiss.... even in 6th grade, we were read to, as a reward of sorts, to relax after the hard play of recess to help settle in for Math....
Why not read to your Scout?
"Twas seven o'clock of a very warm evening in the Seeonee hills when Father Wolf woke up from his day's rest, scratched himself, yawned, and spread out his paws one after the other to get rid of the sleepy feeling in the tips. Mother Wolf lay with her big gray nose dropped across her four tumbling, squealing cubs, and the moon shone into the mouth of the cave where they all lived. "Augrh!" said Father Wolf, "it is time to hunt again"; and he was going to spring downhill when a little shadow with a bushy tail crossed the threshold and whined: "Good luck go with you, O Chief of the Wolves; and good luck and strong white teeth go with the noble children, that they may never forget the hungry in this world."