This question was sent to me by reader Barbara:
It has come to my knowledge that one of my boys (Webelos) is being bullied in school. Now, one of my new recruits is one of the bulliers. I would like to do a den meeting on bullying awareness. Maybe you can be of some help. Thanks.
I have never done a meeting on bullying, but it is certainly a topic which would fit within the Cub Scout program, especially if there are issues between the Scouts in your den. If your pack is affiliated with a school, a first step might be to check with the school about their anti-bullying curriculum. If there is already something in place, it might be helpful to learn the same terminology and anti bullying advice being taught there so you can reinforce the message.
A service project related to bullying awareness and dealing with conflicts could be used as part of the Messengers of Peace program.
Other Bullying Resources
Another step might be to check with your local council about what resources they have available. I am often amazed at the things council has brochures and programs for. Sometimes all it takes is a phone call to get some great resources. Heart of America Council has some bullying resources available on their website, including a Power Point presentation and a script to go with it. These are aimed more at adults, but they might provide you with some direction.
You might also want to check out this article on bullying from Scouting magazine.
The BSA Cyber Chip program focuses on preventing technology based issues. Topics include cyberbullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming, and identity theft.
Do you have some advice which Barbara might find helpful? Leave a comment below.