Re: In The Beginning
Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@IINF01.ING.UNIVAQ.IT.)
Tue, 18 Oct 1994 00:56:11 MET
Mike Tester said:
> I am wondering, when a new Leader joins our movement and starts
> their adult training, is any effort made to tell them about our
> proud history, or are we to wrapped up in the present.
I made a point of presenting all new leaders who hadn't been scouts in
their youth with a small booklet about B.P. which, despite having been
written by a non-scout (it is published by St. Pauls' Sisters), I have
found very effective in carrying some fundamental ideas...
> I asked a number of Scouts from various Troops to tell me what they
> knew about B.P., to my horror some of them had know idea who I was
> asking about.
I have met an English scouter in Kandersteg, while I was together with
an Historian of Scouting (the same man who is doing the study on
Scouting and Masons), after half an hour of talking about how scouting
was started in Italy, when he quoted B.P. added "you know who BP is,
do you? He's our founder".. :-)
Patrick Lam said:
> This isn't nearly as applicable in the BSA, with a simpler structure
> (less sections- 3 instead of 5), but one thing that I find too few
> Cubs know about is the existance of older Sections.. they'll rarely
> know what a Venturer or Rover is.
I find it odd that a Canadian should complain of this problem, since
you are organized in Scout Groups like we do in Italy (while BSA
doesn't). I have found that when our Scout Group had all its units
meeting in the same place at roughly the same times (in different
rooms, of course!) group cohesion was much stronger, while when we had
them scattered about three different places the group was in dangerous
Anyway, we have at least a joint-sections activity each year, and
usually two. Next Sunday we have the Opening form 1994/1995, and all
Units take part, and all Going Up ceremonies take place at that moment
> If they knew more, maybe they'd stay in Scouting longer (hopefully?)
> Even though I'm also a Venturer, not many Cubs in my own pack will
> know what a Venturer is, or what Venturers do.
When I was a Cub, I knew little of what Scouts did, let alone
Rovers... there was an aura of mystery which did really increase
my anticipation of Going Up!
Group Scout Leader
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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