Open House-Boy's Life-Maps
James D Wellborn 325 795 2010 (WELLBOJ@MAIL.FIRN.EDU)
Sat, 6 Sep 1997 05:14:46 -0500
Thoughts on three...
Being brought up in a military family, I was frequently told to
lighten the load come transfering time. The only two things I now regret
having given away or sold for rediculously low prices or tossed were my
"old" Scout books (Handbooks, a field Guide, PL Handbook, Boy's Life etc.)
and a complete set of hardback Tom Swift, Jr books (up into the high 30'2
or 40's as I recall) Ouch ouch ouchouchouchchchchchchc
There are times that my son is feeling really generous and he'll
bring his new BL and say "here, Dad, You can read it first..." My
overenthusuam is only partially exaggerated. At $9 a year, I've not seen
anything better for the variety presented to a youth. That still feels
like a 1960's price (Remember when Gas Wars ment who would go less than
$.10 a gallon first... a $1.00 would run the VW for a week...)
Maps and 2nd Class
The requirement seems like a carefully worded piece to allow for
urban Scouts to feel a natural inclusion. On a city map, they could draw
out the route they were planning to use. Do like a car rally and let
specific businesses sign or give them a receipt. Same thing in "the woods"
except with the drawn route, it might be hard to get a squirrles signature.
Since I'm not "crossing over" until January, that's juz IMO.
School sign up night.
I've done 6 of them... or 6 have done me. The more leaders the
better, but even a lot seldom seem enough. We use to set up tables,
displays etc. Even had a movie area with several version of Jungle Book
and whatever newst release we could grab. Good for a few minutes and then
the kids were everywhere or with their parents or e v e r y w h e r e.
Parents are trying to listen and make decissions (or avoid decissions) are
came to Scouting hoping Scouting would help with the internal discipline
bit immediately. We considered hiring the PE instructir at one point in
With the exception of thee last two school nights, we've stumbled away
drained... Pack gets into the 100's and doing Dens in the teens.
This year was different. We attached a flier to the official flier
stating the registration cost ($40 to cover everything and ALL awards),
what to expect for uniform costs (you know that one) and that all parents
would be expected to participate as a helper at the Den or Pack level.
One school had about 40 people show up (small school) most of whom
signed with a somewhat new Pack more centrally located to them. The other
school (huge) maybe 70. From the 70, we got one Wolf Den, added a Bear to
an existing Den and talked until we were orange in the face suggesting
options for a group of Tiger Cub adults (20-30) who wanted a system already
in place (times, one location, a pre set staff). It's the only time we
haven't had a Tiger group. They drifted out not willing to try.
It will be up to next year's group to decide to go with the multi
staged program (and only one of the "newer" leaders came to help) or the
colder-blunter, before you come here's what's going to be presented so
don't forget the checkbook approach.
A big turnout is going to take about 2 hours from Hi to turn out
the lights and it's tough to keep kids occupied and out of doing what they
"can't" do at hte school during the day, regardless of what's set up. For
them, it's a carnival of observation. They haven't invested the time into
the cars or boats or .... and I don't know of ANY Packs that have the human
or financial resources to provide enough high interest events or crafts to
sustain new guys and their accomanying siblings for the time it takes...
On one last note... Making a LONG story REAL short, I came in as a Tiger
parent with the opportunity for CM. I'm one of those who was extatic at
the opportunity to get such a spot right off the bat. The next year I
doubled as a Wolf DL until we merged two Dens and I was "just" a parent
helper, later rotated as 1 of three Bear leaders. I'm currently CC and a
WEBELOS DL until January. I would have loved to focus just on the Den
Leader spot(s). The other jobs taught me a lot about working-dealing with
adults in new ways, but putting together a plan and action for the kids is
such a joy. I recommend having an adult or a Pack giving up having a
Christmas Dinner chairman (or such) in favor of having a Den Leader who is
familiar with the program. If it's a choice between a functioning Den and
a pitch in dinner .... go with the Den.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City