Re: Baby Sitters of America
Joan Webster (ASPJMW@UOFT01.BITNET)
Wed, 19 Sep 1990 14:33:23 EDT
This list is really hopping now! I had to reply to the following and will
add a few miscleaneous comments below:
On Sat, 15 Sep 1990 09:20:00 EST <ACSODMG@UBVMS> said:
> I saw in one of the posts mention of BSA meaning Baby Sitters of
>America. As I said before, I worked at a Cub Scout Day Camp this summer. The
>council set up a "program" where if at 3:30 parents couldn't pick their
>children up, they could pay $10 and their kids could stay until 5.
> The problem is that the staff was never told anything about this until
>the third week of camp when there were kids that had the "extended hours".
>They should have told us before hand, because then at least we may
>have had a program for these kids.
>Most of the kids that stayed the extended hours could have gone home because
>Mom or Dad was sitting home relaxing.
> What do you think about the Extended Hours? Should they be continued?
>If so, what could be done to improve it? Why? (Sounds like an essay
> Dave Gates
<Smouldering flame> <:-)
Extended hours MUST be offered to help DAY CAMPs thrive!! Add up the single
parent families and the "two incomes" and you have most of the U.S.!! I beg to
differ that most of the parents who used extended care were sitting at home
relaxing!! I assume most of the day camp workers are college-age Scouters,
PLEASE think about the parents at work who must LEAVE to pick up cub at camp
at 3:30-4:30 and use precious vacation time (or work even later) to do it!!
And there are those who couldn't manage to leave at 3:30 at all.
And then what do you do with him till 5 if you return to work? Remember...
We don't want them running the streets unsupervised!! I'll glady pay the extra
ten bucks...just don't make me worry about what to do from 3:30-5! What you
don't see are the behind the scenes orchistration that parents go through
to arrange odd hours programs, we are NOT RELAXING AT HOME!!!
We are a Scouting family Dad=Cubmaster Mom=Webelos DL (and DL Coach)
Son=Webelos and Daughter=Brownie. We are into scouting wholeheartedly
even with both working full time jobs. We woould LOVE to send our son to all
six weeks of Camp Miakonda (Toledo) Day Camp but I could only find someone
pick him up at 4:30 one week...so he went to the YMCA instead the other 5
weeks. Our family volunteers ALOT of TIME to BSA, the least they can
do is help our stress levels by providing extended camp hours so we don't
have to worry about what to do with those extra 2 hours.
Sounds like a camp communication problem that you were not told of the
extended hours. Things like that upset all of us! From my experience the
boys that are left would likely be glad to help you clean up or set up for
the next day ...or put up a vollyball net and let them go at it.
End of that topic...other misc thoughts:
SCOUTING NINTENTO GAMES...someone write the company! Won't solve the weight
problems but could generate some good PR for BSA.
Other PC or MAC software for any aspect of scouting would be welcome!! We had
one Pack in our district that connected their Pinewood track to a PC and
programmed it to store times to the ten-thousandths and print a spreadsheet
for each car/heat/ and overall track times. It was awsome, but upset some
leaders when it was chosen to replace our CHAMPION TRACK at District Pinewood.
Also 3rd race Run-offs were eliminated because the time was so accurate they
used the best time of 2 races. Very fair, but still upset some since the rules
were modified to fit the track. I'll contact the fellow if anyone is
interested in more details.
Sharing the wealth....even the richest councils/units can always find
a "need" to spend money on. Improving camp facilities is never ending.
I can't imagine telling my cubs we are going to give the popcorn money THEY
earned to another unit who is poorer. Poor units may not want to beat the
streets in Detroit, but they certainly can use their creativity to earn money
for their unit somehow. We do Scouting for Food for the community, service
service projects for the school/church. But what they earn on fundraisers
is spent keeping our pack afloat and sometimes helping our own cubs who can't
afford some events. Are there any units THAT rich that they don't do bake
sales, popcorn, candy sales, recycling...etc.????
Loving this list........Joan Webster
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City