BSA Outreach to Hispanic Community
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 4 Nov 1991 10:15:00 MST
1. As stated before, Bisbee is in Catalina Council.
2. The District Executive's name is Bill Moris, Phone numbers are:
H: 602/458-0546 and B: 602/750-0385
The best bet is to call him at home. Because of the distance to Tucson,
He prefers to come into the BSA office only when required for staff
meetings and other activities.
3. BSA has lots of material in Spanish. When my two stepsons moved from
Colombia to the USA I used some of this information to get them started
in BSA. I currently have scouting registration forms in Spanish, though
they rarely get used in the part of Tucson I live.
4. I know they have people working with scouts in Spanish, because every
two years we have what we call a Prim-a-ree with scouts from Mexico. One
of the contacts for the Mexican Girl Scouts is located in Sierra Vista (a
near-by small town and part of the same district as Bisbee).
5. There is a chance I will be moving to that area if a company in Sierra
Vista provides me with a job offer (very good chance of this). Since I
speak Spanish, my boys are both 18 year old now, there is a good chance I
will be looking for a new responsiblity in Scouting. Helping units with
majority hispanic members could be right in line with my abilities and I
could even get my Colombian wife to help out!
6. Knowing Catalina Council, I KNOW THEY WILL BE HAPPY TO TAKE YOUR
FATHER'S MONEY. When and if he speaks with Bill Moris, be sure he starts
out with the statement he wants to help get more hispanics into scouting.
I do not think he should bring up the topic of money until he has a better
idea of scoutings presence in Bisbee. He might find it more advantageous
to assists the troops directly or perhaps provide scholarships which will
pay the registrations and insurance for scouts and/or leaders. Or perhaps
scholarships which will pay for summer camp. Knowing how poor some of
these areas can be, I find the thought of helping the units and scouts more
directly to be very appealing. However, the council does need funds. They
PLAY GAMES every year to be sure their cash flow meets with National
Standards. Maybe your father can get Bill to ear mark some of the funds he
donates directly to the Council to providing more support to the hispanic
community. (I have no idea if Bill Speaks Spanish or not, sometimes with
gringos like myself, you would never be able to guess our level of fluency
until we open our mouths.) So maybe the best route would be to split up
the funds your father is interested in donating.
I hope your father is able to get ahold of Bill Morris and is able to
decide what he wants to do. The above sugggestions are just that,
suggestions, based upon my observations of the Catalina Council. For your
reference, Bill Morris is a Senior District Executive, he has been around
for many years.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City