Help! Skill-o-ree ideas needed!
Charles Batteau (B3ZAATN@CPSLSOPS.BELL-ATL.COM)
Fri, 1 Nov 1996 08:46:49 -0500
Our district has come up with the idea of holding a skill-o-ree to
recruit new members for Boy Scouts. The concept is to have each middle
school (6-8 grade level) host the skill-o-ree, with the local troops
doing the work. The skill-o-ree would be held during the lunch hours,
about a 2 hour period. The council will work with the local high
school to excuse troop members to work at the skill-o-ree.
Apparently this concept has worked well in the Hiawatha Council
(Syracuse, NY) and was written up in the August edition of "ProSpeak."
At the middle school in our area, there are only two troops -- and the
OTHER troop has no older boys nor does it have adults who can take the
time off. Thus, it's all falling on my troop. (Do I smell
Anyway, I need some ideas -- QUICKLY (it's next week!) -- for
activities that will draw boys over to us. Since we won't have a
"captive audience" we need to draw them to us and make them think that
"scouting is cool" (WE know it's cool; our older boys know it's cool;
but at that grade level it's often considered UNcool :-( ...)
So far we've come up with this:
- Since it's lunch hour, cook FOOD on the premises: cobblers, chili,
etc. Samples only! Take some to the 6th grade teachers. Have the
principal announce the "menu" over the PA system.
- Fire building contests: Fire is COOL! (Can you say "oxymoron"?)
- Make a catapult out of lashed logs and let the boys toss water
balloons at the flagpole (or the principal?)
We also will
- have fliers for handout
- get the names/addresses /phone #s of as many visitors as we can
- have a troop open house 1 1/2 weeks after the skill-o-ree.
If you have any more ideas that we can add to either of these lists,
please email me directly at
I'll compile the ideas and post them to the list, then I'll let you
all know how it went.
Thanks for your help.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City