James A. Sheckels (JASHECKELS@AOL.COM)
Thu, 12 Oct 1995 00:23:21 -0400
Don Tolin posted concerns about low RT attendance and Scouts at RT on 11 Oct
WHOA! WHOA! WHOA! Another discussion about training and youth, should they
be there? The last time I checked Scouting was a YOUTH program overseen by
adults. If youth at your RT get the adults there, then bring buses of youth.
There is absolutely nothing I can think of at a RT that is "secret" info
from the youth. As to the SM reporting back to his unit on RT info - misses
the boat. While this may be what happens in a lot of cases, the RT is a
TRAINING format FOR UNIT LEADERS, and I think youth leaders are also unit
leaders. Or maybe I've been learning and practicing the wrong way for 30
years. I wonder if the real problem is adults who have been embarrassed by
the good show of youth attendance and their apparent increase of the adult
attendance also. No, I don't think you should have an alternate Pack/Troop
meeting as a RT, but if these Scouts are learning and contributing, and not
distracting, bring 'em on! One thing my District did for about 2-3 years was
have OA Chapter meeting at RT location, same day/time, different room. This
got some of those adults out to RT too. We also told our SMs that we
expected to see JASM, SPL and ASPL at RT, and others were welcome anytime.
We also discovered that having a person available to watch the little ones
helped us get a LOT of Den Leaders to RT (and some other leaders too).
Whatever is good to get folks to RT I say do - the more who learn and share
ideas, the better any program will be.
YIS Jim Sheckels I used to be a Bobwhite....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City