RE: Error Condition Re: Test Message, and seeking some advice.
Don Dunbar III (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun Jun 14 13:43:57 1998
Third purpose behind the message, to re-subscribe. I have been a subscriber,
did not unsubscribe, but something must have happened since I have not received
any mail since June 2.
This rather long and somewhat rambling message has two parts; the first, a test
message to the list. I have not had any mail delivered since 6/2/98, and wished
to check my subscription.
Secondly, My small Post is facing the summer time blues. I guess we are
suffering with a common ailment, motivating youth with multiple and conflicting
interests.. It's a young post, and although most of the male members have held
positions of leadership in their respective scout troops and had attended
Council level junior leader training and our Post Officers' Training, we have
problems getting the members to take on the management of the Post. Getting
them to volunteer for tasks (calling to coordinate who is going on an activity,
transportation, etc) or to commit to projects further than two weeks away has
Our selection of a superactivity , a whitewater trip, was based on common
interests of the members. It appeared to be something we could do, We have a
resource in the Post Committee who is a Red Cross Instructor (trains
instructors) and had the equipment available. I had researched some
opportunities for trips to camps with white water high adventure potential and
presented them to the Post. Costs and other summer high adventure opportunities
with respective troops (one troop to Philmont, one with an active Venture Scout
Program to Sea Base, both requiring regular summer camp attendance) limited our
time frame. We had planned a Buffalo River Float Trip through Camp Orr. Tried
to encourage fund raising to pay for the reservation. By the time they
committed to fund raising, the Camp trips were full, so we decided to plan a
trip on our own. We had a go by, one of the troops had done a similar trip 4
years ago and had a complete plan packet. Tried to get each member to volunteer
for a crew position (transportation chair person, quartermaster, rub master,
etc. ) to plan our trip, no volunteers. Wrote up the positions, with the
responsibilities, and had them draw the positions out of a hat. Still not much
luck, getting them to tackle the tasks.
The float trip required Red Cross Flat Water and Basic River Training as safety
pre-requisites.. Still scheduling problems continue to plague us. We found
that we only had one opportunity to do the basic river training (two weeks
before the scheduled trip) and the training opportunity would have been the
first time the post had done any camping as a crew. The concern of taking a
recently trained but untested team on a five day float trip did not seem wise.
We brought our concerns to the Post and have suggested a couple of week end
river trips as supplemental training/team building exercises, postponing the big
trip to the Thanksgiving break.
Hoping that by getting a couple of small trips done and working on team
building, we can create some enthusiasm for the Post and maybe even grow. I am
looking forward to the program changes especially with advancement. From the
preliminary information I have seen on the Ranger Award, it appears that
advancement may provide some structure to a program that seems to be rather
free-form. If there are tangible goals, such as the award, and program
guidelines for achieving the award, I think the Venturing program will work.
That's a long winded post, however, I would appreciate some suggestions from the
list that might facilitate success.
Because It Makes A Difference
Don Dunbar III
Advisor - Post (Soon to Be Venturing Unit 1000)
ASM Troop 1000