Re: Keeping the older scouts
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 6 Apr 1993 10:19:53 EDT
In reply to CHRIS:
I agree with Chris to allow the older YOUNG men to RUN the program.
However, if the program is failing, and membership is falling off,
the ADULTS can provide the GUIDANCE, in addition to just SUPPORT,
to get the program back on an exciting track. Our older scout
group / venture crew, is given a LIST of potential activities,
by the leaders, to include program reference material from the
BSA Scouting magazine, and also SOME Canadian publications. Ideas
for trips, or activities such as rock climbing, or white water rafts.
The SCOUTS then select the activity OR they can add their OWN list.
But "LET's DO NOTHING" is not and acceptable activity. Sometimes
adults may need to set a fire under the chair to get a scout to
move. But once the fire is going, the scouts will most often
figure out what to do next. I think some of the most valuable
SUPPORT the adults provide is to keep a LONG list of FUTURE
potential program ideas on the agenda. Sure, let the scouts
choose, or even bring in new ideas, but I just don't think it
helps to hand them a blank calendar, and ask them to fill it
in with stuff they want to do. The will all sit there and
act like the kids that HANG on street corners, aksing the
age old question: "What do you wanna do?" answer: "I donno!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City