Re: Starting Coed Explorer P
Mon Mar 30 21:00:12 1998
We started a coed High Adventure Post 4 and a half years ago. Here's
some ideas that have worked for us. We had a committee of 2 youth members
and 2 adult members write by-laws for the post. We had some examples to
start with, but then added our own including a section on activities. It
includes a section on possesion of tobacco, alcohol, & illegal drugs, and a
section on display of affection. Since the youth and adults discussed and
wrote it, we got to hear each others concerns before hand and come to some
understanding about our concerns.
We've been very honest with them about the fact that their behavior
determines, to a large extent, whether or not adults will continue to
participate. No one wants to go on an outing if they're going to have to
worry about members getting in trouble or putting up with irate parents
afterward. Without adult cooperation there is no post. This may seem harsh,
but they grasped the reality of it quite quickly.
We've also listened to their concerns about not being overly
restricted and worked out some compromises so we're comfortable with letting
groups go off occassionally without an adult along. Basically, we expect
members to always have another member of our post with them, and we usually
encourage them to go as a group. We've stressed that they need to keep track
of everyone in the group.
So far, it's seemed to work. We've not had any serious problems. We
do mostly outdoor stuff - canoing, hiking, backpacking, rafting, kayaking,
skiing, camping. Our members have become very good friends, like brothers
and sisters in many ways.
I hope this helps and Good Luck,
Explorer Post 540
At 12:47 PM 3/28/98 CST6CDT, you wrote:
> 28-Mar-98 11:45:28
> Sb: Starting Coed Explorer Post
> Fm: Brian E Watkins > INTERNET:brian.watkins@JUNO.COM
>I need advise, help, or information. The church youth group at the
>church wants to start a coed explorer post for the older youth in the
>church. Presently, there isn't any scouting units at the church, so this
>will be a first for the church. This is a small Methodist church and the
>pastor beleives this will be a good thing to keep the older youth active
>in the church and give the younger youth something to look forward to.
>The youth are also excited about doing this, especially being able to go
>out and do more things.
>My questions are: has anyone on the list started a coed post, and would
>you share with me any experiences, suggestions, ideas, and problems that
>you have gone through? How were campouts or other outings handled? What
>type of activities do yall do? This will be a high adventure post.
>Brian Watkins, Assistant Scoutmaster
>Eagle Scout-1982, COPE Facilitator, NRA Instructor
>Rock Climbing & Rappelling Instructor
>"I used to be a Bobwhite..." SC-377 - Longhorn Council
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