Re: Crazytime & Overtime
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Fri, 2 Feb 1996 12:26:55 -0600
> With your Troop's active schedule I'm curious how you fill the adult
> leadership roles. Many troops activities are limited due to the time the
> adults have available. I'm also curious how your Troop funds the trips.
In 1995, 45% of our activities were free. Many of those activities
included fundraisers and service projects, but there were some bike trips
and a couple canoe trips mixed in as well. We work hard to keep our
prices down as low as possible.
We also do 13 fundraisers each year, none of them are super big events
but we usually raise 5 or 6,000 dollars. Each Scout has a Scout Account
and receives credit to his account. Any boy willing to work can afford
to be active in Scouting. I have some boys from poor families that pay
dues, buy their uniform and camping gear, and pay for trips totally on
their own through their Scout Accounts. Otherwise, they couldn't afford
to be Scouts.
Adult leadership is sometimes a real challenge. I guarantee half the
leadership, the Troop Committee guarantees the other half, for the
minimum of two. I have 26 adults registered, and try to rotate them as
much as possible to prevent burnout. I also have many former Scouts that
come back and help me. It really makes me feel good to see them return
to give me a hand. Our last ski trip was 50% former Scouts and adults.
I was having a problem finding drivers, the word got out, and I didn't
even need to drive. I left my car in the parking lot, as did a couple other
adults, we let our college reserve do the driving. It was really
a great thing.
Adult leadership availability is the limiting factor in most troops, but I
am very lucky to have a pretty good committee that supports our program.
I rarely miss a trip, of course when we have multiple trips running
concurrently, I have to. I can only be in one place at a time.
YIS, Cliff Golden email@example.com First Lutheran Church, DeKalb, IL
Scoutmaster Troop 33 Three Fires Council, Illinois
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