Thu, 25 Jun 1992 16:30:00 EDT
Mary, have a great week -- multiple on the troop committee or as an ASM --
wear the tan shirt with red loops and enjoy scouting and camp.
One suggestion is to watch the less experienced campers and the interaction
with the older scouts. I have observed a number of units recently and all
seem to display a similar problem--older Scouts forget that younger Scouts
may not know the language or have any idea what is happening. Younger
Scouts get left out by default, not by their own choice. Watch for signs of
confusion (like not knowing how to fill out a blue merit badge card or not
knowing what Kybo means). Since you are "new" it seems only right that you
may need to ask a general question that will help connect a younger boy to
what is happening.
Maybe you can help older Scouts remember that once upon a time they didn't
know how to get around camp either and that it would be a great thing for
them to invite a younger boy to join them in an activity. Some scouts find
it harder to ask for assistance and my experience is that a poor summer camp
experience is a sure way to loose members.
The boys can lead if they have the proper experience and guidance.
On the topic of what to do: We always had one leader in or around the troop
site most of the time. The other leaders were out and about camp. We
switched off several times a day. That way, the Scout who needed help could
always find someone to connect to at the site. Since we had the luxury of
four leaders (for 34 boys), one adult was usually around the waterfront.
There is almost always activity there and it was somewhat central.
When I was at the site, I usually chose to do some rope work. Scouts would
get interested and help me until they took over while I helped another Scout
with a problem. Sometimes I baked cookies or a cobbler in a Dutch oven. I
was always ready to chat with a Scout about what was happening or to suggest
something he might enjoy and I was always on the lookout for the Scout who
didn't seem to have anything to do.
The Scoutmaster will most likely have a few ideas for you too.
Please share with us how it went!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City