Re: Uniforms for Boy Scouts...(the sequel)
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 28 Jun 1993 10:55:52 CDT
I would like you to get in touch with someone on the newly forming National
emphasis group that is dealing primarily with the inner city Scouting problems.
The representative in Chicago Area Council (730 W. Lake St., Chicago, IL
60661) is Larrye Washington, and he is quite good.
> * I need to gather community support, rather than to do what everyone
> else suggests and talk with "daddy warbucks" about giving the new unit
> $2000 over a three year period to get this unit going. I feel that
> community support would net us more, would expose the unit to the
> general community as a positive project, and finally would
> "tease" the other units into helping out.
---This is the approach we made in our "uptown" area, as it has the same
problems as you describe. It is absolutely imperative for the unit's survival
to involve the community and the chartered organization. It is absolutely
surprising how many community people (small business, etc.) are willing to
help, since no one every asks them, and they WANT those kids busy doing
something other that destroying their property.
> * I also need to insure that this new unit won't be the "black unit
> in town" (most of the residents of the neighborhood is white), and
> become a "dumping ground" for those Scouts that other units don't want
> or can't deal with.
This is a touchy need - (by the way Larrye Washington is black, so be aware.)
Your best bet is to set up a geographical area that will serve as your unit's
membership draw. Any additional members will need to be approved by the troop
committee and the C.O. That is well within the rules anyway.
> I welcome your private and public comments on the list. I *know* how
> to organize the unit...the chartered partner is waiting to do it and I
> have a great candidate for Scoutmaster and two others for Assistant
> Scoutmasters. I'll serve on the Unit Committee along with Jessiann and
> several others, and I'll serve as the leaders' coach-counselor.
-- I understand. However, with your ties to national, there must be a way ,
and/or a contact you can make to get the information just being developed for
inner city Scouting.
You are correct not to be an integral part of the unit, as then the parents who
don't care nor want to, will just expect you to keep their kid safe.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City