Sarah Jones (sarah.jones@SAWASDI.APANA.ORG.AU)
Mon, 7 Nov 1994 08:54:05 +0930
Well, Ithought that I would add my 2 gum leaves worth and add to this entire
thing about spliting Scouts-L and all.
One thing I have noticed about the BSA mob is that they have a lot more access
to the internet via work. A lot of Aussies I know have to have themoden sitting
in their PC at home and *pay* to have access. A few Aussies can get it through
Uni or work, but, I think (I may be wrong!) have to have access privatly.
Therefore, what can you do if the spuose is alredy sick of the time you spend
on the dust collector? I am lucky in that Alan introduced me to this whole
thing and we have seperate computers and modens to deal with it. However, not
everyone is as lucky. A guy Alan use to work with, is forever having
disagreements about his time spent on the computer. However, Alan and I spend
all our time on it and to us, to get E-Mail is like getting a fix. Alan knows
he is lucky that I love it. A lot of partners dont.
One thing that has really stoped me from posting a lot this year is the fact I
have been doing my final year of high school (in fact, I should be studing for
fianl exams right now!) and study has chewed up a lot of my time. However, as
of about 2 weeks, I will have more time to read and write.
I read everything that gets posted, often do not reply as I feel that I have
nothing to contirbute, especially if it is out of my range. A example of this
is the problems in Troop 18. I mean, what can I do about that? I live in
Australia, have no idea how the paper work for the Eagle Scout works, much less
understand the politics behind that particular case. Therefore, I stay out of
it, read about it and hope that I can make head or tail of what is happening
out of it. Basicly, it sounds really messy and mabye it is a good thing I am
In relation to posting more, I was planning on doing that this summer anyhow
(*yes* 3 weeks or so and summer will be *here*) Especially after I get back
from the Australian Jamboree in Perth this summer. I know there are a few
Aussies going. I think mabye we should all post about it. I know Bruse Ward is
going as a Line Leader (With the troop) Alan (my husband) is doing the
Entertaiment tean and something with th computers, I am working in the Scout
Shop. Therefore, we will all have a heap of different experiances to post about
upon our return (When Alan and I return rather,. Our State Contingent is
bussing it across, while everyone else flies. 36 hours each way in a bus with a
troop of scouts, across the desert!. Bruse on the other hand is flying.) Now, I
think that would be good, if people want to hear about it (and I think you
However, I sometimes wonder what I possialb have to offer that may interest you
all. I mean, do you want to hear about the problems that I am having with my
group? (Yes, the ones that where having problems with the BP Scouts earlier
this year.) We have lost our Scout troop and Joey mob and this term, since we
have come back from spring holidays (3 weeks agao) we have lost 6 Cubs and are
done to 10 cubs in the group.
We also have background checks here in South Australia. When we sign the form
to become a leader, we have to give 5 other adults who are willing to be phoned
and asked about us. we also have to sign a part that says that we are aware
that a police check is done. And it is. No finger printing as yet, although, if
it is being done in the USA then it will no doubt be done here soon. The Police
checking is done with both the Guides and Scouts here in South Australia. You
may not realize it, but the BSA policy does sometimes have flow on here.
Although, we are still a lot more free here in what we cn do in some thing than
the BSA does.
I am having difficulties with Linda (other Leader) as she does not want me to
go to the Cub Camp on the weekend of Dec 2 to 4th, she rather tke a parent
helper and has told me I am not needed. We are having problems witht the cost
($45 to $50 Aust for a weekend camp 3 weeks before christmas. We are in a high
welfare dependant area and they can not afford that much at this time of the
year!) Also, they are going to a theme park where there is water activities
offered (Canoing and those water bike things) and they are taking the kids on
them (My understanding at least) and the policices state that you must have 1
leader to 1 cub per caneo and the leader on the water must be qualified to take
the kids on water activities. I am about to go to district with this problem as
the Group Leader said he was not really that interested and he just signed the
form. Linda has a record of showing no consideration for the policies of
eaither Branch or District (past camps) and I know from anothe leader going
that they are planning on the water activites. He is not happy eaither. there
are 4 packs going all up and I was not told of the plnning meeting as Linda (I
belive) was reported to saying that "She is only the assistant, why does she
need to be here?" Camern told me this when he was here. He was not impressed
with the thinking.
Anyhow, what I am trying to say is, what can I do to post more? What are people
interested in? I admit that I see all the posts in relation to the BAA and
GSUSA and think what can I possiable have to say that may interest them? Which
may be strange after what I have said in Rec Scouting. But, it is different
here. I really dont know what people want to hear about. I mean, there are so
many things I could talk about, but are people interested? I think yes, but
what specificly? The fact that we have co ed scouting and Guding as 2 seperate
things here? That we have different badges and award schemes? that we are
notset up thesame way? What is it that people want to know? I guess that is
what I am saying. How can I post messages if I do not know what peope want to
hear about? About our attempt at a Halloween night the other week? I dont think
it will happen next year?
Well, I better quit my ravings and get back to some study. I have a few major
assigments due (One being on girls in scouting world wide). So, i will keep
reading this debate tosee what gets said and the out come. Untill then, I will
retreat down here and read.
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