Re: Older Scouts & APO
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 13 Aug 1992 11:30:16 CDT
Had to answer a a bit of what you wrote here, before rumors start and
> 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.
Probably you should not even consider a fraternity, Scott - our district
and council can not seem to host parties and dinners for less than $20
either! Perhaps, it is just the real world.
> 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
> interested in.
Scott, the MAIN objective of the BSA program is helping each and every
youth member become the best he/she can be. We ARE in the business of
bringing out the "leader" that is in everyone. Some people have more
than others. That is, after all, part of our goals. I find it extremely
that as an SA for a troop, you did not understand that that was a major
part of your job description. If training and striving for leadership
skills is uncomfortable for you, you might consider training very quickly.
Another REALLY important statement that keeps coming up here is "troop
type" activities. I know you have not had many years on the adult side of
Scouting yet, but what is done in the troop is where it is meant to be --
what we do in the Exploring program IS different, so is Varsity, so is
Venture. APO is a scout fraternity (at least that is what it was founded
to be.) but it not and never should be "troop like."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City