Re: University of Scouting
Norman J. MacLeod (gaelwolf@SSNET.COM)
Sat, 10 Aug 1996 19:17:02 -0400
I'm not going to be able to attend this year, since I will be in British
Columbia on a honeymoon...
However, it is great to see another DelMarVa Scouter on the Internet.
I hold a few Scouting hats, being on the Two Bays District Committee, an
ASM with T-632 in Dover, and one of the Leaders with the 1st Canadian
Embassy Scout Group in the DC area (since we meet on Sundays over there,
the distance is not as much of an inconvenience as it would be during
An interesting point came up during our District Meeting this past week
that I would be interested in another reflection on...
Invitation to Scouting and the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) fall on the
same weekend, not only this year, but EVERY year. Council will not allow
any of us to have District-sponsored events on the same weekend as
Invitation to Scouting.
Am I missing the boat, or does it seem to be rather insensitive to
prevent kids who are already Scouts from having a District-level event
(i.e. Camporee) with a JOTA theme where they can take part in a
world-wide Scout family event? Are we not supposed to be in the business
of supporting the youth members we already have?
YES! I think that we really NEED to have an event where kids who are not
already Scouts have a chance to learn about Scouting. However, I rather
think that they would gain a bit better idea of what we are all about if
they were to see a District or Council JOTA weekend where they could mix
with Scouts of all ages in addition to taking part in a lot of fun
Perhaps we need to reconsider this policy - or strongly encourage those
who set policy to think more about the kids we are already serving?
I don't think I am out of line with this opinion, and would really like
to find out if there might not be a majority of our volunteers who would
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