Older Scouts & APO
Scott Begin (70334.376@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Wed, 12 Aug 1992 22:28:07 EDT
There has been much discussion recently about lack of programs for older
(>18) youth. I have seen at least 2 mentions of Alpha Phi Omega.
Being an Alpha Phi Omega brother, I believe it is a wonderful organization.
However, like exploring, it is far different from the scouting you find in a
troop. Yes, we have service projects; we work with scouts occasionally (in
a leader capacity). However, at least in my chapter (Epsilon Beta - Central
Michigan University), we did not go camping: we did road trips to
conferances. Our meetings were most often businesslike: what's going on, as
opposed to learning new skills. There was a large emphasis on leadership as
well. Almost every scout activity (klondike, pinewood derby) would have to be
explained to the membership (male and female).
There were two other considerations: Time required to complete
pledge requirements was great; Active member time requirements were
great as well (if you were really active). It was not a cheap activity.
Start with paying dues ($20/sem), any insignia you purchased
(shirts, etc..), conferances ($40 / weekend was not unusual), banquets
($10-20), parties, etc..., and it can be intimidating to
a college student wondering where to get money to pay the slumlord.
I think the biggest problem with all the activities mentioned is they have
scouting relations, but not in the troop type activities scouts may be
Yours in Scouting,
Scott A. Begin Assistant Scoutmaster
70334.376@Compuserve.com Philmont Staff Association
Oak Forest, IL Alpha Phi Omega, Epsilon Beta Chapter
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