a new inner-city troop
G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Sun, 4 Jul 1993 16:28:24 CDT
You have a substantial challenge and a lot of work ahead of you.
I'm certain you know more about what to do to get that new unit
started than most of the rest of us on this list. Of course,
I'll give you my $.02 anyway.
At PTC last summer and at Commissioner's college, we discussed
situations such as the one you are about to enter. It is interesting
that apparently the same techniques work both in poor rural areas
and the inner-city. Since I am in a predominantly rural area, I
have the publications on rural scouting. They are: #3092 -- Best
methods for rural district volunteers, and #3090 -- A local council
guidebook on serving rural communities. These might have some of the
information you need. I know the BSA has corresponding literature for
the inner-city, but I don't have the publication numbers.
There is a professional position called the "Neighborhood Executive"
for inner-city areas where it is difficult to get volunteers.
I know the National Capitol area council uses them in poorer
Washington neighborhoods, but do not know of any other places
they are used.
If you use money from the government grant or from "Daddy Warbucks,"
make the boys work for what they get. They will appreciate it much
Try to get the boys' parents involved as much as possible. Remember
that we can use female as unit leaders, etc. It might take some
"friendly persuasion" to get single mothers to get involved, but
it will be worthwhile. If your lucky, you might get 2 or 3
parents to work with the unit on a regular basis.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City