(no name) ((no email))
Sun, 5 May 1991 22:48:00 MST
Having done a lot of moving myself and only stepping out of scouting for a
short while (regretably) while I was working on my undergraduate degree I
can offer the following advice about how to get involved with local units.
(This is for Alistair E. Campbell and anyone else interested.)
Go to the Scout Office, introduce your self and ask to speak to the D.E.
who works the area you live in or near. You might say you are interested
in becoming a commissionier (I know f few places which have enough of
these). Or if you are interested in working more closely with the units
as an assistant scoutmaster. (Note: When I was a unit commissioniar I did
get invited on outings with one of my troops. This of course, was after
they got to know me. A good unit commissionier is seen a lot-I didn't do
much, but I had a lot of visability and that alone made a difference.)
They will (if they have time) sit down and chat with you a while. They do
this now more then they did before. I noticed the change slowly and I am
sure now that it has to do with the child protection stuff.
Odds are the D.E. can direct you to a unit which needs help. Or set you up
with the district commissionier.
Another approach I have used is registering with the O-A and then I just
start showing up at Chapter meetings. This one works good if you are real
busy. Although the one time I used this approach, I was Chapter Advisor
one year latter! This approach may be more difficult now than when I used
it. Back in the good old days all they wanted on the registration form was
name address and birth date. In any case the best approach if you want to
really help where you are needed is to go through the D.E. If they have
any kind of handle on what is going on with their troops, they should know
which ones really need the help.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City