Re: Uniforms for Boy Scouts...(the sequel)
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Mon, 28 Jun 1993 16:19:56 CDT
Kathie Cerveny <kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU> writes:
>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 believe that I met Larrye a while back when my Post went to the CAC
to visit the Council offices...is he not a professional (as in either
a Senior DE or a District Director)?? (It doesn't matter if he's a
professional or a volunteer...hehehehe)
(then from my posting...)
>> * 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.
(and Kathie replies...)
>This is a touchy need - (by the way Larrye Washington is black, so be aware.)
I don't want to make you look silly, but *likewise*, I too am
black....at least that's what my mommie says I am! *heheheheeh*
Thanks for the lead though...I WILL contact him this week, so if you
see him before I call, please tell him to expect me to call...and
>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.
The membership draw comes from the three housing developments and the
private homes which surrounds those three neighborhoods...it is almost
a rectangular-shaped area if one looks at it from a map point-of-view.
(there is a part of another community, Plum Springs, which is NOT part
of the TAY * of the area.
>> 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.
I have lots of resource materials from my days....and I have asked
National to please send me a packet of the most current "helps for
innercity and rural Scouting programs". However, what I also need is
ways to "fill in the gaps" between a community that doesn't care about
having a Scout Troop and Scouters in other units and the larger
community that is "discouraging" organization of the new unit.
>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.
*TAY: Total Available Youth: This is a "professional term" used to
describe in numbers the amount of youth in a particular area, and then
using a formula, to ascertain whether or not a unit in that particular
area would succeed or not. The total available youth is the total
number of Cub, Boy and Exploring aged youth, subdivided into X number
of Cub Scouts, X number of Scouts and X number of Explorers.
According to the Housing office for the city, there are 221 male youth
living in the three housing areas. I estimate adding another 150 or so
males living in the areas outside the three housing developments but
within the "box". There are 84 youth aged 11-14 that has been
identified by the housing folks, and I added 20 to that as a downward
estimate from the areas outside. Therefore, there should be enough
youth to form ONE Scout Troop of 36 boys (the BSA tells professionals
that if you have a "box" containing 100 youth in it, 34-40 percent of
them will become Scouts. So, in our "box" of 104, I expect 36 boys to
eventually join -- always the optimist, right??)
Don't feel bad, Kathie...most people whom haven't met me in person
*assume* that I'm white only because I'm so "knowledgable" in what I
do...and when they see me in person, they look around, saying
"where's Mike Walton at??" *hehehe* I got a lot of that also when I
was working in eastern Kentucky and Tennessee...so, I'm used to it!
I "don't even *sound black* when I'm on the phone" according to
Jessiann, the "expert on telling who's black and who's white".
(Jessiann's laughing...she told me about this woman that
answered the phones where she used to work as a reservationist in
South Carolina. Sondra (the girl) had the most beautiful "telephone
voice" that Jessiann had ever heard...she was black, Jessiann's white,
and they went together to a craft show at the hotel where they were
both working...one of the vendor's daughters, a teenage girl from
Georgia (she thinks), spoke up in the best Southern accent you'd ever
heard and said "Miee, you speak pretty for a black girl". Sondra could
have died...but she didn't say anything...Jessiann said she felt like
saying "...and my, you walk well for a white person", but she didn't
either...just goes to show, you can't just tell.....)
Mike L. Walton
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