Re: Outdoor Webelos Leader Training
Tue, 29 Apr 1997 07:45:36 -0400
At 09:25 AM 4/28/97 -0600, you wrote:
>We have also had a great deal of trouble with the spring course. Only one
>of the last three has been given, and then only three people showed up.
>Fall training is also way down in attendance. We push the course via
>Roundtable, Split sections at basic training and through the Dist.
>Calendar. The staff is about ready to pack it in. Any success stories?
Well there, Ken...
We had a GREAT OWLT this past year. It was back in February while
was still on the ground. It was still pretty chilly, got down to almost 65!
We had originally planned it for last December, but got little response. We
also got a new director for training, Martha Kingry, who is almost more fun
than me to be around. It was a blast to be on staff and the scouters had
the time of their lives too. Now she (and I) is also part of our Roundtable
staff and that surely helped. Everyone who has seen ONE roundtable knows
how fun she is, a regular cut-up.
Well, last December's OWLT was canceled due to no participants, of
we said it was due to "conflicts" and that we needed to reschedule. THEN we
made a BIG push every Roundtable for the BEAR Den leaders. We joked and
cajoled them into signing up. We then had a great time at the camp, giving
out beads, encouraging the campers to steal beads from various leaders,
having fun oriented classes. We even made the participants present their
flags at the next roundtable. The campfire brought all sorts of gag gifts
(Martha got the "keyless" award for locking her keys in her car). Almost
all were home made and the Scouters loved them.
All in all, I think the secret was to recruit those people that always
have smiles on their faces to put on the show, and make sure your leader is
a real cut up. Then learning is painless, and the Scouters really like that.
AKA "Goodyear Pete", Hey you!, Mr. Cubmaster,
and the "Professor of Cooking"
Cub Master of Mighty Pack 230, Apopka, Fl
Semoran Springs Roundtable Staff, Webelos & Internet SIGs
"Awesome is as awesome does..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City