Recruiting leaders for new unit
Dan Warlick at Utah State (SL1VJ@CC.USU.EDU)
Tue, 7 Oct 1997 17:29:54 -0600
Recently, a parent & 4 boys in our campus family/graduate housing complex
me to consider forming a Boy Scout unit for the complex. I agreed with the
assumption that I wouldn't do everything my self. Silly me!
To summarize, I've found a sponsor, a meeting place in the complex,
loan boys, and organized a troop handbook/leadership development guide. Now
that parent is no longer in the grad program, will be moving soon, & his son's
grades will prevent him from being involved. I've found no other adults
willingto commit themselves as a unit leader, mainly MB counselors. Being
on a collegecampus, I'd thought leaders would be the least of my problems.
Again, silly me!
How can I get the word to the majority of the housing residents if the housing
director's policy bans door-to-door flier distribution and there is no central
gathering point for all 3 housing areas? Unless we pay (with money we don't
have) for laminating & posting them on outdoor mailboxes, there is no *good*
way to reach residents. The local newspaper won't donate space for an ad &
the best we've gotten is a brief line in the "Happenings" column. There are
no real radio stations in the immediate valley. The local cable company has
not responded to requests/messages/notes for space on the info channel, if
even have one. The campus cable system has no such channel. The campus paper
won't donate ad space, either. I've gone door-to-door with neighbors &
groups seeking help but either they "loved it as a boy but don't miss it THAT
much" or they don't have the time.
Being in Utah, there's only one other non-LDS (Mormon) unit in the council &
it is filled to capacity. Since they're turning away boys, there appears to be
a need, especially since that unit meets across town. The international &
member families would prefer not to have the LDS-influence they attribute to
an LDS unit.
Our sponsoring organization, a Lion's club, only has a handful of members & no
money to provide. One will serve as Unit Coordinator, though.
What advise can anyone offer to get this program off the ground? I've
the D.E. for advise. Now I'm stuck and running out of steam.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City