Scouting for grades +12
Tue, 11 Aug 1992 09:28:45 CDT
From: Troye Kauffman Bitnet: AEZTROY@UICVMC
(217) 244-6322 Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org
It may be that there are young men with a need for a program that allows
them to participate in scouting events without leading. However, there
seems to be an almost unavoidable level of attrition in the program from
grades 1 through 12 that makes me wonder if the grades +12 could support a
In the absence of any such program, why not strengthen the programs that we
already have? In the following list, it should be apparent that not only are
there several different opportunities for service AND participation, but
there are varying levels of leadership needed.
- Exploring: This program may not be like the "traditional" program,
however the most salient difference (correct me if I'm wrong, Mike) is that
there is not as structured of an advancement program. Maybe there is still a
need for this, but I wonder if a lot of these young people haven't outgrown
the need for this, and should be in a more formal phase of career training
(in college and on the job.)
- Order of the Arrow: The most serious of OA scouts find this to be a quite
- Assistant scoutmaster: This should not be dismissed so quickly - A young
person can have a lot of fun helping out on the occasional outing, or doing
even more if the time is available.
- Alpha Phi Omega: This is a lot of fun in college, and can be as time-
consuming as a person wishes. Highly recommended!
Following are my favorites:
- Serve on staff at summer camps or high adventure bases. These don't pay
a lot, but they are extremely fun, and the youth will look back at these
times as some of the best of their life.
- Go to the Jamboree as a staffer or Third Assistant Scoutmaster (ages 18-
21 need only apply for T.A.S.).
If something "extra" is needed (as if a college kid could have any time left
over after homework and any of the above:
- Strengthen the local NESA chapter, and use if for something other that
- Make a contact with someone with international connections, and go to one
of these international opportunities that we hear about.
As adult leaders, we need to make these opportunities known to our new adults,
and help make them strong, viable programs.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City