Keeping the older scouts
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Mon, 5 Apr 1993 18:25:00 MST
Michael and Mike have hit at this but have not made it very clear. In BSA,
the responsibility for the program belongs to the youth. Yes they get
SUPPORT from the adults, but the program is really suppose to come from
them. If you have old scouts who drop out because of the same old lame
excusses, it is because they have failed to keep themselves interested.
Yes a good leadership program can make or break their actions when they
reach the older
ages, and yes we have to take off the leases (too many times the adults are
too restirctive and this smothers the older scouts).
We cannot force older youths to stay in scouting, they have to WANT TO
STAY. Wanting to stay means they have to give something and that
unfortunatly is more than many youths are willing to do.
If you want to keep the older scouts here are some suggestions:
Be sure they UNDERSTAND it is THEIR PROGRAM, next be EXTRA SURE THE ADULTS
UNDERSTAND it is the YOUTHS PROGRAM. Next let the youth EXECUTE their
PROGRAM (i.e. get out of the way!-just keep an eye and warn about hazzards
to life and limb).
You will never keep them all. There are too many baby sitters out their
who will do it all for the young adult and there are too many young adults
out there who are willing to be baby sat.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City