MR RALPH FERRARO (JGZY21A@PRODIGY.COM)
Sat, 10 Feb 1996 12:06:17 EST
Bruce Rosen wrote of the lack of adult participation at camping trips;
At all troop & committee mtgs we make a point of welcoming
ALL adults on camping trips, and try to make it easy for them
to attend. Make sure there is plenty of GOOD FOOD, and
always available (coffee, beef jerky,cheese & pproni, nuts,
trail mix, crackers etc.) almost like a perpetual cracker barrel.
When you have a court of honor or other troop function, get
your regular adult campers to talk up what a great time they
had and how great the food was (shouldn't be too hard, it's
the truth!!). Also have the historian display pictures of the
trips and all the "goofy things" the adults did. Then hit up
the adults for new campers.
Start an "Adult patrol" (ours is the bear patrol) and participate
with the scouts in campfires with skits, songs Etc., this also
generates enthusaism (and a lot of great stories to tell)
Eventually you will have people asking to come on trips rather
than you begging them, but it does take time...
We must keep in mind that Scouting is for the Scouts, and a
Scout shouldn't be penalized because of a parent's lack of
participation, (he is the one who needs the program the most).
Ralph Ferraro SM
Troop 2 Milford MA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City