Re: Cub Pack Administration
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 18 Jun 1991 13:40:00 EDT
Whether we are talking rural or intercity, the same thing applies as if the
kids are in suburban areas.
I know these things because I worked in a rural area for three years as a
Paraprofessional....try getting money from a bank president whose county
does NOT have a Scouting program!!
There are ways to get the money from the commuinty to support your unit and the
local Council...I know...I *wrote the book* on it.
Have you tried having the County Judge Executive (that's the title the County
Administrator in Kentucky uses..it may be different there) to attend a meeting
or activity heavily attended by the the youth of the county?? That works
wonders! He sees firsthand what you are dealing with and when you come in
with a proposal later on, the image is fresh in his(her) mind.
How about making a "labor trade" with the County. In exchange for providing
cleanup services at ballgames, civic events and the like, the Pack/Troop is
the "cleanup crew" for monies to charter all of the youth in that unit.
Where *is* your DE or Associate?? He or she should be in there to help find
resources to supplement or fund the units there. With the right approach and
the current information on what can and cannot be "written off", many businesses
will gladly help LOCAL units (and that is problem that I had...they wanted to
give monies to local units but failed to understand the connection between
District and Council and the units it serves).
I am *not* ignorant to the fact that 43.7 percent of all of our units are
not in Suburbia, but are rural or intercity units...with only shirts to wear
because the entire uniform is expensive....with limited funds to send scouts
to camps because of transportation or timing or just no money from parents...
I serve as Advisor to and one of the reasons why the BGSA Club exists at
EKU...outside of the campus community, EVERYTHING is rural...and just 75 miles
down the road, we are talking EXTREME rural ("they have to pipe in the sunlight"
that kind of thing...)so be assured that the comments I made can be applied t
here as well.
Many parents will balk at the idea of giving a Scouting unit $50 but will not
hesitate sending their sons to the "big city" with $20 to see a movie and get
soemthing to eat. Again, the selling point is that Scouting, no matter where
you are, is an investment in the future of youth.
Jimmy Laster, a volunteer from Muskogee Oklahoma, said it best to me in
1983 (when I saw him before I attended Wooddbadge there):
"I have to save up for my sons to join boys(sic) Scouts. Them uniforms and
badges are too much for a janitor like me to afford. "Daddy, I gotta have
those pants. Daddy, I gotta have that scarf". SOMEBODY has gotta understand
that them things cost too ********much. But I save it up and go and get them
things. I look at them Boys Scouts leaders as teachers to my sons. I want
them to teach my sons whats it like to be out on their own. And since they don't
get paiod for that teaching, the least I can do is to make sure that my son
and his brothers get there and stay there for the teaching. One of these days,
they (his sons) is gonna look back on this and they are gonna be ahead of
them others at school and church and they're gona say "I learned this from
the Boys Scouts" and all of the money that I saved up for will be worth it."
And attending Woodbadge became more inportant to me then than before, when
I just "wanted to go because its something I wanted to do for years".
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City