Re: Parent Volunteers
John Oakes (joakes@UNM.EDU)
Thu, 17 Nov 1994 11:01:51 -0600
It seems that you have quite a problem. I started a Troop last January
with the Webeblos group that transitioned. From the start we have actively
solicited the parents support. We have grown from that five boys to
eighteen on deck with a promised increase of 20 more boys this
year...Whew! You see we have infused enthusiasm even amongst the
adults...Believe this or not ALL of our adult leadership (full complement
on the Committee side as well as five on Scoutmasters staff and our
Charter Representative) have been through Scoutmastership Fundamentals.
Is it something that we have required them to do? No. They are asked if
they will go only on the precept that they and I can speak the same
lanquage for the boys benefit, thus being able to provide a quality
enviroment. By the Way because of a co-ed nature we are also going to
sponsor a Explorer Post as well, for the sake of some of the siblings that
want to participate in high adventure activities, either with the Troop or
as a separate group.
Also, We do a separate campout for the new ADULTS that come to our Troop
as well. In that we teach them some of the things the boys will
learn...totem chit, firem chit, etc. They work as patrols and have a good
time..strike that..A GREAT TIME. After their initial campout, They fight
amongst each other to go with us month after month. I believe the real
truth to all of this is to infuse enthusiasm into everything that the
parents do... recognition always goes a L O N G way too.
Hope I have given you some ideas.
I used to be a Beaver... (I get my beads 8 DEC 94...goodie, goodie)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City