Re: Minority Recruitment
M. Konigsdorffer (mkonigsd@SURFSOUTH.COM)
Tue, 5 Aug 1997 09:29:29 -0700
Here's my two cents worth:
After months of recruiting, and talking the program up, this year at our
Cub Scout Day Camp, we had several Boy Scout age minority boys attend.
The reason was because their parents felt uncomfortable sending them
away overnight for a week; yet, the parents also wanted their boys to
have some kind of camp experience. There was a fear of the unknown, and
this was a significant step in our community. Next year these boys will
attend a Summer Camp program because of their experience at Day Camp.
This small act resulted in having over 40 minority boys (95% Cub Scout
age) attend Day Camp. Put that in perspective with last year when there
was only one. Most of these boys did not pay for camp. We searched for
and received grant money to pay for their registrations. We also had
several of the moms to come out and "check up" on us. They had so much
fun that they talked it up, and more minority parents now see Scouting
as an opportunity for their sons.
Economics may play a role, but dang if this itty bitty town can find the
money, then so can other towns.
It isn't money if you talk to the parents. It is how will this benefit
my son, and will he have fun and be safe? They want to make sure that
their sons are getting the program. They want to know who the role
models are for their sons. And because of where we live, they want to
make sure that their sons aren't discriminated against. They want the
same things most parents want for their sons: something that will lead
down the right trail for the rest of their lives, and let them have fun
while doing it.
One step, one boy, one life at a time.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City