Re: Scouts in the Military
Chaplain Morrison (aettch@EMAIL.GRAFENWOEHR.ARMY.MIL)
Thu, 7 Nov 1996 09:13:36 -0500
>There is a scouting liason officer. On our base, he is supposed to deal
>with Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and I believe Girl Scouts. We have
>unfortunately not had a very dedicated group of scouting liason officers.
>Most of the scout leaders on post consider them useless (or other things.)
>But, the place ours works from is the youth service building.
>Theoretically, if you leave a message or correspondence for him there, he
>should get it. No promises on whether he'll bother to read it or respond,
>but he should get it.
A Scouting Liaison Officer who works in youth services has a conflict of
interest because Scouting is in direct competition with the YS programs.
We are much more effective and we don't cost the command anything but space.
I believe that approaching the Community Relations Officer who is part of
the Public Affairs Office makes more sense. They are interested in good
relations with the public and civic organizations like the us and will be
much more responsive.
There also is a Volunteer Coordinator at Army Community Services who has
contacts with the on-post scout leaders who could help put you in touch
with Scouters who would work to help your arrange the needed support.
Meals in military dining facilities have gotten cheaper recently. Cash
customers now all pay the same price. For instance, we have a Woodbadge
group which meets on Thursdays at our DiFac and we pay $2.75 each for a
full-meal-deal. Breakfast is less, dinner is more. Permission to use the
DiFac by visiting groups can be authorized. It's good for public relations
and good for recruiting.
Hope these thoughts are helpful.
TCC BSA Troop 261
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