Retaining older boys
Tue, 27 Jul 1993 09:35:00 EST
Thanks Jim,Don,Mike,Gino for your insight on the subject of keeping older
scouts/rangers in our programs.
This is a problem that I wrestle with as our Training Coordinator. What I
"hear" from all of you is essentially "get back to basics"---training of
our young men, training of our leaders, YOUTH LEADERSHIP, EXCITING programs,
work, work, work.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't expect any single "simple" thing that I was
missing. I know at an intellectual level what all the components are, its
just plain hard work putting them all into place.
I admire scouting because you "guys" have been at it a lot longer than Royal
Rangers. We have a TERRIFIC program that impacts the lives of many boys, but
if we seem weak in any one area (from what I have observed) it is boys leading
boys. Since much of our population is really cub scout age, we tend to do
too much as leaders. By the time our Pioneers become Trailblazers, the patrol
system is not a strong element of the Outpost (Troop). We are addressing this
through new Leader's Manuals, training, etc but it does take time for a large
organization to change.
I mentioned before that I am starting a new Outpost in my hometown. One of the
things I look forward to is developing a relationship with the Boy Scout
Troop in town. I was a guest speaker at one of their meetings, talking about
cold weather camping. I spoke in my "class A" uniform and answered many
questions about Royal Rangers afterward. The SM invited us to join them on
outings. I see the beginnings of a non-competitive relationship where we
realize that we are reaching different boys who might otherwise not come into
contact with any positive force in their lives.
...time to work...more later...thanks!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City