Arij van Berkel (a.i.vanberkel@STUDENT.UTWENTE.NL)
Fri, 28 Oct 1994 16:55:00 GMT
I promised to forward a message, but I found out that I left this message
at home. I'm writing a new version now. It is a rather long message, but I
hope some of you will find it worthwile reading it.
Recently, my group has participated in a pilot project concerning children
with unaddepted behaviour. Goal of this project was to use the scouting
method to help these children find a place in society. More specific, the
goals were to get them cooperating, improve their self respect and show
them a productive way of spending their time and energy.
The project was an initiative from the dutch national scouting
organisation. Our group was asked to do the practical work. The
participants ranged from light youth criminals to ordinary street roaming
(and thus annoying) kids. Other participants were the local administration
and the social workers that usually work with these kids.
Although the goals were set very ambitiously, we do realize that we cannot
accomplish all that by just one scouting project. We do however hope to
make a contribution to the solution of the problem of these children.
In practice the project consisted of an outdoor activity of one day (with
hiking, climbing, cooking etc.) and three training evenings to prepare the
children for the outdoor activity.
The training evenings were used to teach basic scouting skills and to get
to know the children (and vice versa). They were held once a week and
lasted about 1.5 hour. The training did not coincide with troop meetings.
The outdoor activity was both for scouts and for our guests, but they did
not walk in mixed patrols.
The outdoor activity was held october 22 this year. It went reasonably well
(for a first time). Both scouts and guests were enthusiastic about the
activities. The scouts were less pleased with our guests, but they will put
up with them again if we ask them to.
Next wednesday, this project will be evaluated. For this evaluation I am
gathering some opinions from fellow-scouts. If the evaluation is positive,
the project is to be continued and other groups are to follow.
My opinion about this project is a bit ambivalent. On the one hand, we have
done a good job and it is an activity in the spirit of scouting. On the
other hand, we have done a job that was supposed to be done by the
government and by people who get paid to do this. Scouting is primarily for
its members and its members are to help society, not Scouting itself ???
I hope to get some opinions. Maybe in some other countries similar projects
have been tried.
Arij van Berkel
Arij van Berkel
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