Scout to Scouter Transition
Michael A. McDonald (MCDONALD23@DELPHI.COM)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 00:17:41 -0400
The issue involved in a Scout becoming a Scouter are not just age,
it's an attitude adjustment as well as a whole new level of
As an Exploring Executive as well as a member of the Order of the Arrow
there are young men that would be "Youth" member of the lodge, or an
Explorer Post, but are "adults" in a Scout unit.
The best general answer would be the <18, 18-20, 21> segregation
of sleeping, that way few if any problems should develop.
But Jay's real question is what type of training should we offer these
"In-betweeners". I personally would like to see developed a transition
training program that would be similar to the one-day Troop Jr. Leader
Training. It could be offered by the Council or District, and be their
first introduction to the two hour youth protection, tour permit,
uniforming, alcohol and tobacco, etc. This type of program could generate
a whole new batch of trained leaders for the unit. (read -properly
P.S> . I have not made my formal introduction yet, so here goes:
I'm Michael McDonald, the Exploring Executive for Mohegan Council,
BSA (Yes, the same council Jay is in)
In addition to my Exploring Responsibilities I head our Urban
Emphasis program in inner-city Worcester, MA.
I was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout and spent three great years as a
Scoutmaster for Troop 1 Brockton, MA before "going professional"
I'm a avid Computer user and inter-net surfer.
I would be happy to answer private E-mail on a variety of topics. I
feel that one of the most important aspects of being professional
Scouter is communication.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City