Re: New Troop Standards
Gina Gestautas (NORTH@DRYCAS.BITNET)
Wed, 18 Nov 1992 14:13:00 EST
It concerns me that there seems to be alot of negatively critical feedback
to your original question. I can see that we (as many of us work at the
District level) are worried about you doing something that you may not
quite know all about yet (as others have told you.. Scoutmastership
Fundamentals is NOT only for the SM, but for all who work with the Boy
(not cub) Scout Program). I feel that we should commend someone who still
has the energy (and seemingly the organization) to get something DONE..
instead of quibbling about points that he already seems to be aware of
(and has repeatedly shown his willingness to share with his own DE). My
only suggestion is that it is IMPERATIVE that you do not run (or confuse)
both (Cub and Boy) scouting programs. Make it your priority to develop a
TROOP Committee that may or may not share members with the Pack Committee.
It may not happen right away.. but make it a SOLID GOAL to work toward..
Though both groups have the common goal of scouting in mind, they run
altogether in a different fashion in many ways, and it can be a folly to
copy the pack committee method to that of the Boy Scout Troop. To make
sure that the NEW committee FUNCTIONS.. the key word is TRAINING!! No
matter if the people have been trained EONS ago.. the new program is the
ONLY approved one and any other training (for our purposes) is null and VOID!
(I of course mean this for the Boy Scouting Program, Cub Scout Leader
Training is required for the Pack).
As to your AIM of high adventure type activities.. instead of calling it
high adventure (which technically IS a Boy Scout specific activity), you
may call it for instance.. a Level II (as in, not for the inexperienced)
Adventure (and clearly put together a sheet or pamphlet detailing what would
be a sample adventure). This should be a good drawing card for youth, and
a good CARROT to lure those boys into getting all the pre-requisites done.
In this forum (SCOUTS-L) sometimes the conversation drifts when terms are
not clearly defined and stated for all to understand. HIGH ADVENTURE to
BSA means those activites following certain requirements and stipulations.
As you have already heard (and probably know) that would mean that only
youth 14 and above could attend.. and I don't think that is your intent).
I applaud your work and hope that your good works and the (hopefully) good
works and activities of your TROOP to be will convince your Chartering unit to
take a more active part in its scouting programs and recognize the advancement
of your youth in both programs. Good Luck.
Gina Gestautas "Teach each child as if he is your own...
[Amateur Everything] He may influence yours when they are grown."
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