Re: "Eve" and young men...
Michael D. Grier (MDG2@PSUVM.BITNET)
Sun, 4 Apr 1993 01:29:00 EST
The "If we didn't have sports..." argument develops all too often by people
who have the need to somehow develop an external locus of control of their
Troop. Failure is a tough thing for some people to admit to. Placing the
fault on something else is sometimes the easiest way to go. It is *not* OK
to have a poor program if there is no competition from sports, girls, or
gasoline. If you phased out these things, something else would come up,
like that dreaded Nindendo (YUCK!). Quoting Don Izard, "Program is 100% the
key..." 'Nuff said.
Secondly, there has been some concern expressed on the list about "what to
do with older boys to keep them involved..."
Well, let me tell you how my troop did it (insert "not another story" here
In an effort to interest the older boys, we had several meetings of these
older scouts at my home. Provided them with some food (Pizza and soda) and
just talk with them. See what they want to do. Whenever we met, we
brainstormed and came up with a ton of ideas. This group was what would
have been the Leadership Corps (if it still existed). Older scouts, full of
great ideas. This method really works.
I always tried to develop new ways to get kids to feel comfortable in
generating their own ideas for activities. I found that the kids in this
14-18 year age group are rather self conscious and almost afraid to speak
up. That is why it is important to conduct these gatherings of ideas in a
fun, relaxed setting. Like I already said, a meeting/pizza party at my
house always worked, but pick up games of basketball were good as well...
One thing that I learned from taking the Great Medicine training course
("baby Wood Badge") is to use your resources. Are you concerned about
activities to keep the older scouts? Use the best resource you have, the
older boys themselves!!!
BTW, ideas to keep in mind are tours of universities, professional sporting
activities (Group Rates galore!), cookouts, patrol basketball tournament,
cool guest speakers (I had a player from the Phila. Phillies AAA team speak
and answer questions at my troop), really exciting campouts (whitewater
rafting), skiing trips, fun service projects (kids went out and raised
money, then spent it all at a toy store buying gifts for the
underpriviledged of the area), gun safety shows, visiting indian pow-wows...
the list can go on for ever, but I am sure youget the point...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City