Hi, I'm new here.
Paul Russell (PRUSSELL@IUBVM.BITNET)
Mon, 4 Mar 1991 17:48:47 EST
Greetings from Indianapolis, Indiana, the home of the Indianapolis 500
and the Crossroads of America Council! I just discovered this list (in
fact, I just discovered BITNET), and have enjoyed reviewing the logs for
the past few months. This is all very interesting!
A little about me:
I'm married, and the father of two boys. Brian is almost 10 and Scott
just turned 18. Brian is working on his Webelos badge in Cub Scout
Pack 159, sponsored by Southport Christian Church. Scott just passed
his Eagle Scout Board of Review (the same week that he turned 18), and
is now serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 545,
sponsored by Christ United Methodist Church. He 'bridged' from P159
to T545 at the age of 11, and has been there ever since. My wife and
I became involved in Scouting when Scott joined Cub Scouting at the age
of 8. We've been doing something, somewhere with Scouts ever since.
Rose has been a Den Leader or Webelos Den Leader for all but 1 of these
years, and I've worn several hats, sometimes more than one at a time.
I'm currently the Unit Committee Chairman for both of the units that our
boys are involved in, and am also enjoying a stint as District Boy Scout
Activities (i.e. Camporee) Chairman. Trailblazer District covers the
south-central and south-eastern portions of Indianapolis, and includes
approx 25 Boy Scout troops and about the same number of Cub Scout Packs.
We host 3 Boy Scout Camporees per year (Fall, Winter and Spring - summer
is for Summer Camp!), and have recently begun using a 'host troop'
concept for our camporees. The first 3 'hosted' camporees were, IMHO,
the best that we've had in several years! And I didn't have nearly as
much work as my predecessor in this postion, so that's a major plus!
Sor far, only large troops (25+ boys) have hosted, but we are attempting
to encourage some smaller troops to pool their resources and make this a
joint effort. Time will tell. (It always does.)
Re: Cub Scout Campfire Programs - we've tried to do a few of those,
with varying degrees of success, or lack thereof. The best ones seemed
to be the ones that we did at the den level, for the boys and their
parents, at den-family cookouts. Action songs (The Noble Duke of York
(I H-A-T-E that song!)), cheers (Watermelon, Garbage Can, etc), silly
songs, spooky stories, and S-I-M-P-L-E skits seemed to work best. The
key with skits seemed to be simplicity - and L-O-T-S of practice!
Overall, things seemed to go better when we got the PARENTS to
participate. 'Course, that seems to be true of almost all aspects of
Scouting. Anyway, at least with Cubs, smaller seemed to work better, I
suppose because we were able include everyone, and we were able to keep
it short and wrap it up BEFORE boredom set in.
I've rambled long enough. Hope to find lots of interesting stuff here
in the future.
Yours in Scouting,
Paul ( I caint say 'NO') Russell
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City