Re: "Eve" and young men...
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Mon, 5 Apr 1993 02:34:09 CDT
Paul Russell <PRUSSELL@IUBVM.BITNET> writes:
>alternative has been implemented in the Crossroads of America Council:
>a council-run older boy program that is open to participation by older
>boys in every troop in the Council. By pulling in volunteers from all
>over the council, they are able to run at least one program a month
>without having to worry about adult burnout. For some activities, each
>participating troop must have at least one adult. I'm doing all this
>from memory, rather than from the handout, so I'd better quit before
>I start spreading dis-information. YiS, pdr
You're NOT spreading "dis-information", Paul, but you ARE telling
everyone else about a option that National is field-testing in several
local Councils (hey Rod, they are supposed to be doing the same in
your Council...can you help us out there??) ove the next couple of
For some time, local Councils have been trying to deal with the
"shortness" of adult males in urban cities. As some of you have
probably heard or read, the number of Black males in this country is
at a all-time low primarily due to the high number of males being
either killed or jailed. This is a problem that the BSA has been
addressing in their PROJECT 2000 work started by the old Chief Scout
What is being tested is a concept first used in the old "Inter-Racial"
Division that many Councils had during a period where we had "separate
but equal" programs for black and white youth. The "black District"
was then conprised of any black youth living in the Council area. The
leadership for those Troops and Packs came from differing areas
withing the Council area, which made logistics hard and meetings a
rare thing until some adults took it upon themselves to serve as
leaders closer to where the youth are.
While we don't have those "separated" programs today, the problem
remains of how to get a new group of youth--those older than the
Troop's median age, those looking for a new challenge, those unhappy
with the Troop but not in a area with a Explorer Post or a Varsity
Team (or in areas where membership in those two groups are "limited"
to those of the Mormon faith)--and get them together to do some
really great things. I've overheard one professional calling it a
"MegaTroop" and another, telling me about it, called it "a Magnet
Troop". Both are equally good explainations for what this program is
hoping to do.
Here's the premise:
Since most of these kids are between 15-17, they either have access to
or have a car. Since most of these kids have been in a Troop, and the
majority are either Life or Eagle, they have had at least two
successful Troop summer camp opportunities and need to do something
more. Since almost all of them also have other outside interests
(girls, cars, sports, studies, music, whatever), they DON'T have time
for the traditional "one meeting a week"--but they CAN squeeze in a
"meeting" with a professional and volunteer and others of their age
group to plan an upcoming activity.
The unit is formed with a Assistant Council Commissioner and his
staff serving as Scoutmaster and with a Council professional (a field
director) serving as the Troop Committee Chair. The unit is chartered
as a Explorer Post chartered to the Council (like most councils do
with their summer camp staffs). Each District is asked for two
Assistant Scoutmasters and a member of the "unit committee" and they
serve as "consultants" to the "Crew" that meets weekly someplace in
the District area (with the District Executive usually present). The
"post" as a group meets once or twice a month to plan some event or to
participate in some large event. The "crew" names are taken from the
So far, there seems to be a high level of interest at both District
and Council levels for such a program, but of course, the REAL test
will be "Can they deliver??" That will be the real test of the
program--to see if after all of the meeting and activity, that this
retains the older Scout's interest in the program or just "is
something else to waste our time" in.
I believe the "target cities" are Birmingham, Indianopolis, Newark,
San Antonio, Seattle and either Los Angeles or Long Beach.
Maybe *this* is the answer that we are all groping for!!
( Settummanque, the blackeagle... ) )
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