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The Buddy System The cohesive cohort works when boys join Scouting in groups. When a single shy boy appears at the Scout house door, con- sider Carducci’s third technique: assign him a buddy to show him around. “What the buddy can do is


introduce this person to other individuals, so he’s the social facilitator,” Carducci explains. The buddy should be well connected in the unit and someone the new Scout already knows—the den chief who worked with the boy’s Webelos Scout den or just a


successfully shy older Scout who knows what being the newbie feels like.


Wait and Hover When all else fails, Carducci says, just leave the shy boys alone—or with their moms—at a join-Scouting night. Some kids need more time to warm up in an unfamiliar environment. Carducci calls this technique “wait and hover.” But he emphasizes that you


can’t wait too long. “It can work as long as there are some periodic attempts to bring them in so that


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they’re not just standing there by themselves,” he says. While Scouting can exacerbate


shyness, Carducci says, he also believes the program represents a great place for shy kids. “The kinds of things we tell people to do to deal with their shyness are the things Scouts do already. A big part of overcoming your shyness is letting go of this self- focus and being more focused on others. That’s the core of Scouting.” ¿


ON THE WEB: You can learn more about the Shyness Research Institute at: homepages. ius.edu/bcarducc/shynesspage.htm.


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