Re; Philmont crew - more thoughts
Keith Wood (kwood@CJNETWORKS.COM)
Fri, 22 Aug 1997 10:10:29 -0500
Oops, hit the send button to fast. Two quick thoughts more on Mike's
questions about crew planning.
How strict on attendance. We are pretty tight on that, giving lots of
notice. We also expect that they make at least two fo the backpack trips,
third is not optional, just recognize that unavoidable circumstances like
weddings, funerals, SAT tests and things like that can get in the way.
Scouts who just don't show up are counseled and offered the chance to
withdraw. One did last trip - wasn't willing to make the commitment which
without training and experience made him a hazard to himself and would have
impact the experience for the others. We never want to leave a boy out,
but we had to be realistic and gave him a tactful way to exit the trip.
Same rules for the monthly meetings. They need to attend most all of them,
or if they miss, contact a leader to get the missed information.
Our biggest problem here is not the kids, it's the fathers who always seem
to be busy. That's why we tell them early - september - what's expected
and that generally solves the problem.
Team building - Since your crew(s) may be from different patrols, make the
first trip out by patrols. Look to see where the boys cross over. Then,
working with the boys, develop the crew structure to use at Philmont and
make the next two trips in those groups. Have the adults stay separate as
a mini-patrol of their own. Have the boys make up an select their own
menus, do the work to get the gear ready, do all their own cooking and
clean up (rigorously enforce good clean up practices of washing dishes).
They will learn to work together pretty well. Then you are teh advisor,
not the leader. That's their crew chief. However, at Philmont, we always
take our turns ont he duty roster.
The COPE course will help a lot on team builidng too.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City