Re: Crazytime & Overtime
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 13:05:40 -0500
While you may have a "hyperactive" programme in your Troop, I'd be
willing to bet that you are keeping your older Scouts - the ones so many
folks complain they are losing to girls and sports. That's because these
types of Scouting programmes have so much to offer that there's always
something new to do - not to mention that there is a good variety of
different activities that each and every Scout finds enough to remain
satisfied, challenged, and happy.
Split programmes are often a feature of well-tuned "super-programmed"
Troops, and some activities has pre-requisites for participation. This
gives the younger Scouts something to work toward, something to always
keep them looking forward to next year.
The BSA Troop I am working with has three major summer activities this
year. The youngest Scouts will be going to the local Council summer camp
(DelMarVa's Camp Rodney), the middle and older Scouts will head north to
Ontario, where the middle gang will have a summer camp at Haliburton -
one of the best-known Scout camps in the world - where you don't walk to
your campsite, 'cause they give you canoes when you arrive. The oldest
Scouts will head off into he wilderness for a canoe trip where they are
not very likely to see anyone else for the entire week.
Right now we have a bit better than 30 Scouts in the Troop. With this
year's incoming Cubs, we will have well over 40 (so we've "drafted"
the Webelos Den Leaders whose sons are bridging to become Leaders in the
While you may question yourself from time to time (I used to...) the
best thing is to keep moving forward with the strongest junior and adult
leadership team you can build - and encourage others to do the same!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City