Re: Scout Sunday
Doug Roach (djroach@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Thu, 6 Nov 1997 08:52:46 -0500
Laureen et. al.,
We use Scout Sunday down here as an opportunity to showcase the Troop to
the people of our sponsoring organization...a Presbyterian church.
The church has an open field next door which is sometimes used as an
overflow parking lot. On the Saturday morning before, we begin a Troop
campout on that lot. (Considerably "dressier" and more squared away than
a normal campout.) On that Saturday, we invite the local Webelos dens to
visit the site with their parents and participate throughout the day in
pioneering, Scoutcraft activities and games all supervised and set up
by our Scouts. Last year we cooked a couple of turkeys using the
recently posted four columns of charcoal method and feed everybody a big
lunch. While the Cubs are there, their parents are getting acquainted
with the Troop committee and the things our Troop has to offer. It's an
opportunity for us to recruit and for the Webelos to take care of one of
their Arrow of Light requirements.
On Sunday morning, the Scouts get into their class "A" uniforms and
assist in the two morning church services. They hand out bulletins and
greet people as they arrive and some will do scripture readings or
announcements during the services. In between and after those church
services, the parishioners have the opportunity to tour our campsite and
meet with the Scouts and adult leaders. For many, it's the only chance
they have all year to interact with their Scout Troop and people seem to
really appreciate and enjoy the event. I've had many gratifying
conversations with older adults who want nothing more than the chance to
sit around the cold fire pit, surrounded by the smell of tents and the
sounds of boys and relive some of their own experiences as Scouts many
While "urban camping" is not usually my nor our Scouts' idea of a good
time, we all do seem to get a kick out of this one event every year.
SA Troop 10 - South Florida Council - Miami
http://www.action-net.net/T10 (ya'll come visit)
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