Let's Keep Things in Perspective, Gang...
Deirdre LaRock (butterbuns@EARTHLINK.COM)
Sun, 11 Aug 1996 21:00:36 -0400
I wanted to touch base again with everyone here and just reflect a
bit on what Scouts-L is: family. A lot of new folks here may not
understand or totally realize what the focus of this little (said
loosely, since we have more than 600 or so subscribers and another
400 or so "readers" that get Scouts-L through a variety of sources)
fellowship of "virtual campfire" participants.
Scouts-L was designed as a YOUTH PROGRAMS DISCUSSION LIST. This means
that we not only talk about Boy and Girl Scouting, which we do a lot
of here; we also talk about other youth programs and their impact and
ways we can improve their delivery: church-based groups, community
groups and other groups. And because this discussion list is worldwide
in scope, we also have input from youth groups worldwide.
But besides the daily "topical" discussions here, which range from serious
conversation about youth program issues, we also tend to get a little silly
here from time to time...to remind ourselves (and those many others) that
youth programs work is NOT ALL SERIOUS and sometimes it takes the forms of
talking about "which animal is better, stronger, faster or sillier" or
"when are you coming to town and what can I expect to see when I get there".
Those things have little to do with "youth program issues" and everything to
do with those PARTICIPATING in the daily banter between each other through the
machines we use (or borrow) (or "get to").
We have found through the five-plus years that the people on this list have
*personality*, that we have lives OUTSIDE of what we do for our youth agency or
program and that sometimes we have problems with those lives which gloss over
into what we do (or don't get to do) in our youth agency work. We take care of
looking for work for those that have lost their jobs or just looking to
relocate someplace else. We take the time to provide information on interesting
(and not so interesting) places to see and do when people are "passing through".
We spend a lot of our own personal time just DRIVING or STICKING AROUND for
someone from this list to stop by and place a "face to the name" that they have
read on this list. We barbecue together, arrange dinner or a hotel for a fellow
member, and do so many other things for each other because we have learned to
get to know them as more than just "someone that posts to the Scouts list".
I have been mobilized now four times since being a part of this list, and in
each instance, I have managed to somehow "stick with us all" in various ways.
During "Desert Storm", for instance, three people from this list snail-mailed
(US Postal mail) me extracts from this list on a DAILY basis until I got an
Internet account through the military. When two people here lost their jobs,
I send them extracts (to "return the favor") until they recieived permission
to use a campus email system and returned to us.
Yes, sometimes we tend to "stray from youth issues" and ask for advice about
computing, or household appliances, or even travel tips. That's because we
have become confortable enough to ASK OUR FRIENDS instead of spending money.
While some of us do pay "by the message" and sometimes those messages are
"spent on off-topic items", it's made up by the great stuff that does come
screens and onto our printers and into our heads!!
Remember, that we're PEOPLE here....not just accounts @ a nodal address.
We're Scouters that have families...friends that sometimes don't understand
our preoccupation with computing and Scouting (or other groups). We are
have jobs whose bosses drive us crazy and in which sometimes what we do for
others gets forgotten in the "routine" called "work".
It's important that we retain the family atmosphere that has made this group
the leader of all Scouting-related youth groups on the Internet. Without
that sense of family and friendship, without that personal and real caring
for each other and our families, we could be just "another group out there
to sign up for" instead of what we ARE:
"the international Roundtable meeting which NEVER ends!!"
(to Fred Weber: Jessica posted to the list under EXTREME PROTEST. She
doesn't like relaying messages from me to her to the list, and only did so
because I pleaded with her to let everyone know how I was doing. She felt
so bad about
your comments that she's wanting to refuse to post anymore, which I feel is a
(to Mike McDonald: Jessica recieved your package for me...THANK YOU EVER SO
MUCH!!! I can't see everything, but I'm sure that everything you sent was
GREAT!! Thanks again!!)
Settummanque!@Fort Benning, GA enroute to Germany (again)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City