Warnign about using historical societies
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Oct 1996 07:40:13 -0600
Just a quick note to everyone who may be in Colorado (though it may be
applicable elsewhere, too).
In the past couple of months, my boys have consistently made an effort
to work on the Historic Trails Award. They have contacted tw or three
different historical societies in small areas around Colorado. They
were told originally that the societies were anxious for their help,
because no scouts had ever worked for them before (thereby eliminating
any "bad examples" set by other scouts).
Each time, they were told the same thing: you may camp on our site, you
may use our trails, you may help restore some of our things on Saturday
to prepare them for display, and we will provide all of the equipment
and instruction you need. Thank you for volunteering.
Each time, the Tuesday before we were supposed to go camping, we
received the same phone call (mind you, these are different groups each
time): We have changed our minds. You may NOT camp on our site, we
will not help you find another site, you may not even cook on our site
(like lunch), you may not restore our things, you may rake leaves or
rake up cut grass, you must bring your own tools, and we will not give
you any access to the museum or site itself to learn more about what we
These have all been unrelated incidents. I'm not saying that scouts
shouldn't contact historical societies and museums. I used to work as a
museum director and loved the help scouts could give.
What I AM saying is that, in Colorado at least, scouts and scouters
should have some reservations about working with historical societies,
and make certain a back-up is planned for any last minute changes. I
can say that my boys are no longer interested in doing ANYTHING for any
historical site in Colorado, and several of them were excited enough
about doing their research for the HTA that they were thinking about
something like this for their Eagle projects. Not anymore.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City