Re: Boys quitting after Eagle
Rob White (rsw@TFS.COM)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 16:12:00 EDT
I gave this a little thought (very little) after reading the original
posting. I thought back to my own scouting days and my present association
with Troop 30 in Louisville KY. While I will never see eye to eye on everything
that Stan Frager does (I sometimes accuse him of having his own
scouting movement), there is one thing that can not be denied, his Eagle
Scouts remain supportive and active in the Scouting program. Most become
Assistant Scout Masters for the troop if they remain in our area.
They bring a level of experience and comradeship that only serves to
highten the new boys love and respect of scouting.
It's no secret, have an ACTIVE program that offers something for everyone.
High adventure and leadership for the older boys; the basics (with
a few special surprises) for the younger boys. A group of our scouts
stayed a weekend down at Fort Knox with the 100th Training Division
last fall. They stayed in the same set of barracks used to film the
movie "Stripes". They used the base gym, ate in the mess hall, and
were led on various tours. They were treated to some basic "Boot Camp"
discipline with marching, pushups, etc. They loved it. A few months
ago we had a troop "shut in" at the Kentucky School for the Blind
gym. Basketball and swimming late into the night, movies, and the food was
prepared by the adults. Just a couple of things that Stan has made happen.
Plan your program out one year in advance (we do it in August) and make
it happen. This means making sure you have enough trained
leadership. Have special trips just for your older boys that
are led by the younger leaders. One of ours is an Army Reserve Ranger.
Just the guy to take scouts to Philmont, Red River Gorge, or other
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