Program ideas for your comments - part 1
Michael A. Poresky (mapor@MAIL.IDT.NET)
Thu, 26 Sep 1996 15:28:57 -0700
To all Scouts-L subscribers: Please accept my apologies for reposting th=
is rather lengthy article (in=20
four parts!) I tried sending it in one, then two parts, but I messed up.
I was recently named Vice Chair for Program for Breukelen District, Broo
klyn, NY which covers more than=20
half of the Borough of Brooklyn. What follows are some ideas and thought=
s I have regarding the program in the=20
District. I have been distributing this memorandum to my fellow Scouters=
in Brooklyn for their comments. I=20
would appreciate YOUR thoughts, comments and ideas.
After 36 years of service as an adult leader, I finally got to go to Phi
lmont. I will
be able to regale you at length (and ad nauseum) about my trek, but that =
is not the purpose
of this memorandum.
I had a great deal of time to think about our program while hiking and c
Philmont. On the train coming back, I was able to make these notes. The=
se are just some
personal ideas and thoughts on Breukelen District=92s programs. I hope t=
hese will be a
starting point for making Scouting in Breukelen District more exciting an=
d more available
to boys than ever before.
I am shocked to find that, as of September 3rd, we had a grand total of
in 157 units in our district. I was more shocked to see that our Decembe=
r, 1996 goal is
Brooklyn has a population of 2.5 million. If our district covers half o
borough, we have a total population of 1.25 million to serve (remember, S=
the entire community by providing quality program to our members). Of th=
e 1.25 million
Brooklynites we serve, about 40%, or 500,000 are between the ages of 6 an=
d 18 and half
are boys. Add back another 25,000 young women we should be serving throu=
Explorer program and we are talking about a youth population of 275,000. =
represent a whopping 1.49% of the possible Cubs, Scouts and Explorers.
We have a lot of work to do. By the end of 1997, I believe we should be
Brooklyn with not less than 10,000 youth in traditional Scouting units. =
It will take an
incredible amount of work to accomplish this goal and we - individually a=
nd as a team -
need to commit ourselves to that goal.
I would be grateful if you would read this over and make any comments or
suggestions for improving our delivery of Scouting to boys in Breukelen D=
The Cub Advancement chair/committee serves as a resource to Packs. Memb
are ready to answer questions; work with Training to train Pack advanceme=
Represented at Roundtables; make mini-presentations on Cub Advancement. =
unit counseling especially where no advancement forms have been coming in=
should be an =93Advancement Table=94 at the Rountables where leaders can =
assistance or to drop off forms.
The Advancement Committee must have good contacts with the Commissioner
staff to track and reach units having problems. The lack of regular adva=
ncement is one
sign that a unit is in trouble.
Some points to keep in mind about Cub Scout Advancement which may be
presented in formal and informal training are:
Parent/Adult partner signs off on achievements.
Parent/adult partner education.
No Boards of Review for Cubs.
How do Cubmasters control the quality of advancement in their Packs? =0
Correct and timely reporting of advancement.
Importance of =93Green Sheets.=94
Can Commissioners accept advancement reports and arrange for the purcha
Units to send copy of advancement report to Advancement Chair.
The Scout Advancement chair/committee serves as a resource to Troops.=20
Members are ready to answer questions; work with Training to train Troop =
chair(s). Represented at Roundtables; make mini-presentations on Scout A=
Individual unit counseling especially where no advancement forms have bee=
n coming in.
Some points to keep in mind about Scout Advancement to be presented in f
and informal training are:
Importance of =93Green Sheets.=94
How to register advancement properly.
Can Commissioners accept advancement forms and order insignia?
Send copy of advancement forms filed to Advancement chair.
Boards of Review - Committee members, not Scoutmasters or Assistant
Committees need to have a clear understanding of the purpose of Boards o
Boards of Review are not retesting.
Checks Scout=92s personal growth
Understanding of Scout Oath and Law.
=93What did you do to earn...?=94
=93What do you like least/best?=94
Boards of Review need to be held at least once a month. Do reviews of S
not advancing to find out what is holding them back.
Paper work, check dates of Merit Badges and advancement
Have project reviewed prior to final approval.
Check Eagle work book carefully.
Double check Eagle application.
Do Troop Board of Review before District Eagle Board of Review.
Eagle Project Panels: Monthly or bi-mothly meetings. Two or three Eagl
Scouts (youth) plus chair /member of the Advancement committee. For Life=
discuss service project ideas. Parents and leaders should be encouraged =
to attend. How
to complete forms; check earned merit badges. Set goals/develop timetabl=
committee needs to develop a way of tracking Scouts who reach Life rank.
Life Scouts need to be contacted as soon as possible to get them focused
completing all of the requirements for Eagle. This Panel should also mak=
e certain that
Life Scouts are able to earn the required merit badges they need.
DEAN OF MERIT BADGES;
I believe we need a Dean of Merit Badge Counselors who would be responsi
for the following:
Keep all current counselors on for a period of one year. There would be
exceptions such as rarely taken merit badges.
Get Merit Badge Counselor applications for all new and current counselor
Current counselors should be given three opportunities to renew their sta=
tus. If they
cannot or will not send in forms, they should be dropped.
Evaluate applications. Appointment as a counselor is not automatic. Se
Check merit badges earned against approved counselors at time merit badg
earned (for Eagle applications)
Devise a quarterly report to be submitted by counselors. Includes =93no
Train Merit Badge Counselors - all new and all old counselors. Untraine
counselors will not be approved or will be decertified. There should not=
=93grandfathering.=94 Regular training is for everybody.
Maintain current list of approved counselors. Update list quarterly.
Computer programs to track Merit Badge Counselors? Data Bases?
The Dean of Merit Badges is a an educational administrator=92s position.
MERIT BADGE FAIR:
Hold two per year. One on a Saturday, one on a Sunday.
Focus on required Merit Badges.
Do not dilute requirements - partials are advancement also.
Have counselors commit to complete work at later date with Scouts.
Track Scouts and Merit Badges earned or worked on.
Arrange for follow-up on partials.
(Coordinate with Counselors=92 quarterly reports.)
FIRST CLASS EVENTS:
We know that boys who become First Class Scouts within one year of joini
in the program and have a greater chance of reaching Eagle. I propose a =
district effort to
help units help boys reach First Class within one year of joining:
Two events - one indoors, one outdoors.
Have Scouts come prepared to pass tests.
Teach skills for later testing.
Use Order of the Arrow to provide youth instructors. Check instructors=
understanding of requirements before the event(s).
Outdoor portion could be one of the Short Term Provisional encampments.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City