Gerald Demontgny (gdemontg@CCS.CARLETON.CA)
Tue, 7 Jun 1994 15:11:13 EDT
Wendy Theriault writes:>
> My district also holds a mall show each February in conjunction with
> scouting's birthday. This is nothing more than a show n' do in a very
> visible place. This serves to get scouting out in the public eye.
Q: Wendy do you mean B.P.'s birthday, feb 22?? Or is there a
designated date for the birth of scouting? Is this a U.S. tradition?
On the issue of promotion we schedule a "bring a friend" night in
early October. Ours is a relatively 'small' community of about 30,000
people, both anglophone and francophone. Scouting has a fairly high
visibility and is steadily growing in Aylmer. Yet, the growth of
scouting is also attributable to some excellent leaders who place fun
and adventure high on the list of priorities. For example out sea
scout troup has participated in six day canoe trips of La Verendrye
--a reserve faunique-- winter camping trips, and they sent about
twenty boys?? to the Canadian Jamboree in Alberta last year. Even our
Cub pack manages to do at least four camps each year, including at
least one winter camp, although in cabins. The other cub section, A
Pack, took their cubs on an overnight at the Aviation museum. These
kinds of activities are what promotes cubs. Providing a good program
ensures not only that Cubs return or move up to scouts but that they
go back to school and tell their friends, as I am sure my cubs are
doing right now, about exploring caves, seeing cave fish, cave
waterfalls, having to swim through the cave, and so on.
As an anecdote, two years ago we had eight beavers we needed to swim
up to cubs. The cub leader at that time refused to accept them as he
argued that his pack was already too large --he had about twenty
cubs-- so we formed a new pack. My philosophy is that there must
always be room for children who want to become beavers, cubs, scouts,
and that if need be another section can easily be created. As
scouting grows so does the health of our youth and our communities.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City