Re: Limit on Dist Events
Thu, 9 Feb 1995 07:19:56 -0500
On Wed, 8 Feb 1995 09:33:21 -0500 Carey Probst <HCProbst@AOL.COM> wrote:
Several subscribers wrote some good assessments of district event
limitations. I Gulf Stream Council, FL, they held their first Council
Camporee in seven or so years. It was a successful Council event.
>There may be some valid reasons for council trying to put a limit
on district events. ...
The way to prevent this is to have an active, in-tune Council Activities
Chair who is not in it for political gain, who is a good facilitator and
knows the best resources for pulling off the activities.
>In my experience, council events are poorly attended because they
>are poorly planned and do not have activities that interest the
>Try working with the council leadership to make the council events
>more interesting for the boys and keep the district events if you wish.
That Council Camporee was successful because it had a number of very
experienced district camporee planners on the planning staff. This included
several key leaders from Treasure Coast District, which district has been
holding two camporees per year for about six years. They have the program
In Gulf Stream, we had a rather large council (about 70 miles long by 40
miles wide, with nine districts in seven Florida counties. Logistically,
having everyne at a single location for a council event is not always
feasible. So, some of the council events are split into districts or areas:
Scout Show is held as a council event on an annual basis. The district
pinewood derby showdown is held at the same time, same place. It is counted
as a council event.
They still do the Scouting for Food drives there, and this is a fall council
FOS and Roundup are two more council events.
Training is primarily left to the districts, although they have not (yet)
been counted as part of the limitation on the number of Distirct events.
One of the consistent things that I have seen in most of the councils I have
worked with is the tendency for individual units to decline participation in
the district or council events. This is usually for one of two reasons: the
program stinks, or an adult has an attitude against someone on the district
or council staff. I think I'll save that discussion for another thread - I
have to get to work.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City