RE: Troop Anniversary Program
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 14 Jan 1991 09:56:00 EDT
My first response was zapped, so I will start over again. I am going to
send a long explaination on how we handled our 30th anniversary COH which we
called a "Scouting Reunion Evening"....hopefully that this would help others. I
have a unique slant on this, seeing how this was a Troop in a military community
but the same things can be done elsewhere, with little change.
Our Troop was the first one formed in France....even though the present
charter (and all charters since 1962) had us in Germany...something about the
command moving from Paris to Stuttgart...our old number in Paris was 25; the
present number was 225. The first step was to organize a Annisversary committ
of youth and adults.
The Annisversary Chair (my spouce was that person, one of our mistakes)
should be someone who is NOT on the Troop's committee (TC members have it hard
already...this is a MAJOR event and requires new talents..Millie gave her chair
to a woman that have NEVER been asked before to do anything except to bring her
son to and from the meetings....she became a Troop Committee member after this
event!) and who can give leadership to this event. They should be able also to
work with Scouts.
The Vice-Chair should be a SCOUT....(remember those "Scoutmaster-
assigned leadership projects for Star and Life?? This is an example of one in
action!!) This person should be able to talk and explain the event to the media
and to others. Get a Scout that shows great potential for Eagle (and needs a
swift kick in the behind...you know, those slow motivators)...DON'T GET A EAGLE!
Let the younger guys get the experience of leading this project...(I used my
one Eagle Scout later)
There should be at least four subcomittees...INVITATIONS, FACILIIES and
MEMORIES AND PICTURES, and FOOD. We first decided that each family would provide
a dish...with the adult leadership providing the deserts, the Troop Committee
springing for salads and starters and our "chartered partners" providing the
drinks. Next, we doled out the duties to FAMILIES...one family handled the
invites, the other family handled the location and a couple of families did the
decorations. Families work better because you are not sticking "ONE" person with
the job...and things went faster and (in my opinion) a lot better with that
kind of input...Next: the Invitations!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City