BOYS LIFE, AND OTHER STUFF
lollman karen j (lollma@ACC.WUACC.EDU)
Thu, 8 Sep 1994 00:26:00 -0500
My son, is an unusual kid and therefore an unusual cub scout. He doesn't
relish life in the great outdoors, he detests competition, and as a child
who is academically talented and Attention Deficit life is always a bowl
of cherries (pits included). He "doesn't fit it" all the time.
When Boy's Life arrives, he stops...reads it cover to cover, and then
starts looking at the pictures and ads. Normally, he reads "technical"
books. "Lizards of the Southwest", etc. As a 10 year-old he reads at
the 13-16 year old reading and comprehension level. Most of the articles
appeal to him, not because the subject matter is of particular interest
to him, but because they pique his curiousity.
He has never been a "gung-ho" scout. But he participates, and finally,
as a second-year webelo, he is starting to "own" his own success. While
Dad and I *knew* the program would eventually pay off, it has taken our
son alot longer to recognize the good things coming from it. Probably
because the achievement work is becoming more scholarly.
So, I have to say, Boy's Life does appeal to a certain segment of the
scouting population, albeit a small one. Most of the other kids in my
son's den *loved* the issues covering sports stars! As a Leader, I would
like to see more articles written from the kids perspective. I would
also like to see creative ways for the boys to complete achievement
requirements, as reported by the kids! This would surely inspire the
kids to try something they didn't think looked interesting.
As a sidenote...my pack had "Schoolnight for Scouts" tonight. I used a
flannel board and "Scouts-L" clipart to present basic pack structure and
age / advancement requirements. Our District Exec was *VERY* impressed.
Seeems he has heard about "Scouts-L", but doesn't have access and didn't
know what was available.
He *finally* got the word about "shortened" training requirements last
week at conference! (I originally asked him about it in early July!) He
likes the idea of being prepared for changes before they are announced,
and doesn't feel threatened by our exchange at all! Isn't that a nice
change of pace!
We were competing with "church" night and recruiting was slim. Last
year, we signed up 20 tiger cubs (out of 34 potential). Tonight, we only
caught 8, out of 30 potential. Hopefully, the phone will start ringing
tomorrow and we will get more interest by those who had conflicts
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City