Scott Dillard (scott.dillard@CHRYSALIS.ORG)
Wed, 7 Sep 1994 16:24:01 LCL
SI>Penned by Jim Sleezer:
SI>> ...I no longer promote (Boys' Life) as a resource and wonder why anyone
SI>> would want to...I currently believe the cost of the subscription is a wast
SI>I'm with Jim on this one.
SI>I know a few Cub Scouts who
SI>look at it every month, but I don't know many Boy Scouts that do. (And we
SI>are a 100% Boys' Life troop.)
SI>KERRY W. SIPE email@example.com
Since I've not read any messages approving of Boy's Life at the troop
level (during the current thread), I'll briefly do it.
After the Boy's Life thread several months ago (that went on for a good
while), I did a survey at one of our troop meetings. We have 40ish boys
in the troop and automatic Boy's Life subscriptions that come out of the
budget. The bottom line was that every single Scout reads at least part
of his magazine, almost everyone at least scans it from cover to cover
and reads what catches their eye, that a good number read it
cover-to-cover, that when asked for their favorite sections almost every
part of the magazine was mentioned by different boys, and that every
last boy wanted to continue to receive it even if it wasn't already paid
for by the budget.
Even more telling are the things I notice without directly asking them.
Such as some of the Patrol Leaders Council's ideas are influenced by
what they've been reading that month, that I find scraps of paper
occasionally with various "secret codes" on them (this is one of the
occasional articles in the magazine), that some of their campfire
skits are new ones based on a joke from the mag, that on the drives to
campouts the subject will occasionally reference some article in the
magazine or several may have their copy with them if it's the weekend
after delivery (they tend to disappear after that).
Don't know what the difference is between how my boys react to it and
how others don't care for it. I'm also not sure whether the negative
voices are adult-only; or are they "representing the group" (sound
familiar, Wood Badgers?).
I don't do anything special to promote it; it just shows up in their
mailbox once a month. But the indications of its influence are apparent
(but not huge).
In my opinion, the best observation came towards the end of the thread
several months ago (from a lady teacher or doctor, I think): If we have
something that will encourage them to read (a fading skill) and is
by-and-large of a positive nature, why are we fighting it?
~ OLX 2.1 TD ~ Only one hour a week...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City