Re: UK facts and figures for 1992
Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Thu, 1 Apr 1993 20:22:17 +0000
> plan. A new slogan: "Venture Scouting Works!", and a revised
> advancement program both helped to increase awareness from outside,
> and also to raise moral within the section.
From what you say, the most pressing need is convincing *adults* of it, maybe.
Here in Italy, there are people who think a Troop is the most importan part
of a group, some who think it's the Pack, but there are almost as many
who think the Rover Clan is the *real* core of the group :-)
So, we don't really suffer from lack of attention. Also, almost all groups have
a Rover section (with Rovers being 16 to 21).
I agree with you about the potential for Venturer Units... I have seen it
being put into practice very often.
> While most Groups are active in supporting their Scout Troops to get to
> summer camp, and very supporting of Colony and Pack activities, many
> couldn't really care about the Venture Scout Unit. When my Unit was
I find this ridiculous! It's like an engineer who, having build the foundations
and some floors, decides to save money by not building the roof...
The scouting program is only complete (IMHO) if you get a chance to experience
all sections. You may have people who get into the program later, but they can
"catch up". But you can easily lose all gains a youth had as a Scout or Cub
at the age of 16-17....
> One of the largest problems in Venture Scouting is alcohol. Under-age
> drinking is extremely common in the United Kingdom, with youngsters of
> 14 and up frequenting pubs. When I went to college, the students'
> guidebook listed the pubs to avoid because of the excessive number of
> obviously under-age drinkers. Many Unit meetings close, and then
> reopen at the nearest licensed establishment. When the leaders try to
> enforce the law on drinking, or create a rule about no drinking in
> uniform, the members leave. The most successful policy is for the
> leader to make an occasional reminder about the law, and leave it up
> to the Ventures to police themselves.
Well, in Italy anyone can drink anything, at any age.. and it seems drinking
is not a problem. It is quite common for the leaders of a Rover Clan to bring
some (not much) alchool, usually wine.
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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