Thu, 9 May 1991 14:57:48 BST
Hi one and all,
Firstly, this is my second posting and I will try and include bits in
response to other posts and a couple of other bits. Hopefully my first
posting was distributed, I got a note saying that it had been accepted
but I never had it sent to me, but this gateway does funny things
sometimes!! If it wasn't posted I can but try again.
In no particular order;
My sales pitch:
Does any one want a job in the lovely mountains of New York?? There are
a few vaciancies left, including Archery Director and First Year Campers
Director (left vacant by my humble self!) at Camp Tri-Mount of the Rip
Van Winkle Council NY. I'm sure that most people realise what a
wonderful oppurtunity this is. For further details E-mail me or call the
boss direct, Mr Roland Ellis (914)255-5855.
Yes. We do have Sea Scouts in England, we also have Air Scouts as well.
These groups are generally linked with a service unit and have a very
good p.r. relationship. The Sea Scouts usually have various craft from
several canoes (Kayaks for americans), rowing boats and some motor/power
boats. The Air Scouts have access to gliders and occasionally powered
aircraft and flights with the RAF.
When I was first involved with scouting in the US I was surprised by
various things. Initially the camp set-up (that's what I was doing
there), here the majority of troops take their own equipment, do their
own catering and usually go to a fairly barren (in comparison) campsite.
There are some big (??) sites with activities laid on although this
tends to be a minority. From what little I saw I was VERY impressed with
the facilities (apparently my camp wasn't the most exotic either)
Which point next?? A quickie..Where does Green Bar Bill live?? I ask as
this was the first I have heard of him aftter spending 2 summers near
Hunter in the Catskills. Perhaps one day he could even visit
On arrival to the states during staff week I was impressed with the
formal training (most of the time) that we went through. It was
especially unusual to have such an 'official', if that is the word,
presentation on child abuse, mostly very good- and it generally seemed
to work ie 2 adults together, there were exceptions but...In
England/Britain it has become a much wider issue, there is not (as far
as I am aware) a program/policy equivalent to the BSA. Due to an article
in our Scouting magazine concerning an (innocent) leader and a child at
a swimming pool there is an unwritten code which new leaders are made
aware of. Again, as far as I am aware (and I'm not very) there have been
no prosecutions in this area
Perhaps something that is done differently over here is the
selection/appointment of leaders. ANY adult helper has to fill out a
W.E. (Who knows what that means!!) form which is sent to a central
office and checked out. Although there are no police records (I think
this is not possible) details are taken from the countries papers and
'court round ups' for all child abuse cases etc and put on file to vet
any potential recruits. It seems to work quite well.
Well I think I've probably sent everyone to sleep for now, if there is
anything you'd like further details on, or want to ask, please feel more
than welcome. Keep up the good work.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City