Re: Older Scouts & APO
Thu, 13 Aug 1992 10:44:00 EST
>From: Scott Begin <70334.376@COMPUSERVE.COM>
>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
Just coming out of Presidency of Epsilon Sigma Chapter (University at
Buffalo) of Alpha Phi Omega I have to disagree with several of your comments or
at least clear up some of what you said.
I think you will find that about 70% of all chapters go camping at least
once a semester. Our chapter in particular goes camping at least twice a
semester and has an opportunity to go to summer camp. We RARELY do this as
leaders. The brothers that want to be leaders have the opportunity to become
Assistant Scoutmasters in our Troop.
Our Troop currently has 16 boys and 4 leaders. ALL the leaders are APO
brothers and NONE of them have boys in the Troop. Kindof makes it interesting.
>Almost every scout activity (klondike, pinewood derby) would have to be
>explained to the membership (male and female).
What is there to really to be explained? And what's the difference between
explaining it to males or females?
>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).
20hrs of service while pledging required and 30 while a brother. Most APO
brothers average 60-80hours/semester. It really isn't hard IF the chapter has
its act together.
>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
Lets start with the dues. $20/semester is not bad at all. Any fraternity
will cost between $150-$300/semester.
Conferences--- There is only 1 conference/semester being Sectionals.
When you add everything up the most you should come up with is $200. Now it
might seem like a lot to begin with, but the average college student SPENDS
$200/semester drinking and going out to bars.
>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
Let's not generalize here. While I know not every Chapter is as involved
with Scouting as ES, we are not in the minority.
Past. Pres -- Epsilon Sigma
UNIVERSITY at Buffalo
>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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