Re: Scouts news profile
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 14 Mar 1996 12:52:39 -0600
Wow -- Scouts in our council are HARDLY low profile! We are coming up on
our DIASTER DRILL - a public first aid (with fake blook, etc.) involving all
the troops and exploring units in the council --- massive amount of uniforms
WILL be seen - large amounts of public recognition - news coverage -
pictures. Only ONE idea of what we are doing.
However, our council executive board set up 2 years ago a VP position for
Communications. The gentlemen who holds that chair DOES PR for a living,
and is a lifelong Scout/Scouter. He's great at creating 'photo ops';
developed a team of highly qualified photographers; gets items in the paper
all the time; EVEN articles on new Eagles, complete with pictures!
It takes our own (volunteer) ranks to LISTEN. As I explained in my last
message - the new media on 3 different occassions have been quite explicit
that the man who killed those children in Scoutland had ''been removed from
Scouting because of inappropriate conduct'' with the kids. If we look (as
volunteers) a little closer, although we know nothing much about Scotland
Scouting policies, we do know that they were ON this man's problems, and had
dealt with it. Unlike the school who employed him.
As volunteers we need to listen, watch, and speak up FOR the program, that
ALSO gets us recognition -- cut down on LOOKING for the negatives-- we're
raising young kids to be GREAT men -- let's get on with it and SHOUT it --
for every ONE person who is bad and gets removed, there are literally
THOUSANDS of volunteers who would lay down their life for a kid --- aren't
you one of them? I certainly am.
> Ed D. of Duncanville, TX asks:
>> For a significant movement, why do the Scouts have such a low news profile?
>> What can we do, what should we do, to improve it?
> Ed- I think Scouts have a high profile- however- in the negative sense-
>witness the shooting yesterday in Scotland. (Former S/M kills 16
>kindergarteners and their teacher before killing himself) I guess
>the YP Guidelines in Scotland worked as he was ousted many years ago.
>Heaven only knows how many scouts were spared from this guy.
>I suppose it's only news when a (former) scouter goes beserk.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City