Re: Cub Scout Pow Wow
Dewitte A. Baisch (dbaisch@DATASYS.NET)
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 21:08:49 -0500
Howdy (again) Scout-L folks!
A moon or two ago, I asked for help from the list in creating a new Pow
Wow book for our council's Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow session. Well, you
guys came through with flying colors!
Our Pow Wow, with a Mardis Gras theme, was a barrel of fun! Sure, a
quarter of our participants were staff, and the participants totalled
only 24. So what? We increased over last year's participation (by 2,
but we increased!), and we had a fantastic time! Our chairperson,
Melissa Konigsdorffer, having a Cajun background, brought a certain
special flavor to the event. It was 100% Scouting from start to finish
(no "At work last Tuesday," or "Back when I was in the war..." -type
discussions). The courses, the atmosphere, the food (I had thirds!),
the fellowship were all worthy of note and to be commended, exhalted,
praised, bragged about, high-fived, and everything else that says it was
a successful happening.
Okay, we gave out 35 Pow Wow books at the session. I gave out 5 more to
other Scouters (each deserved his or her copy). I still have 35 copies
of the Alapaha Area Council Pow Wow book for anybody who would like one.
(Actually, I only have 33. Chris, Joe, I swear your copies will be
coming to you soon!)
Our crack staff at the Scout office was able to collate 40 copies in
time to get them drilled for 3-ring binder and shrink-wrapped for "your
protection". That left a fairly good-sized pile of "un" collated pages
sitting in the middle of my living room. Lessee, if I go to bed at 1 AM
and wake up around 5, for only a week or so, I ought to be able to get
the rest of this sorted out before, oh, I don't know, Christmas?
Now, what does our Pow Wow book offer that isn't in every other PW
book? I don't know...I don't have everybody else's PW book! What IS in
our PW book is a huge selection of skits, songs, and cooking recipes.
There is a completely original section on "Introduction to Camping."
The appendix is full of material from Scouters around the Internet.
What is NOT in the book is anything already available in BSA
literature! For a beginning effort, I feel we came up with 220+ pages
(shot for 250 but couldn't quite make the deadline) of material that any
new den leader will find helpful, interesting, and fun, and be proud to
Here's the deal, Scouts-L gang. We're going to place several copies of
our Pow Wow book in the council store for sale to any interested person.
I have a minimum of 25 copies for sale to anybody who would like one
(thought I had only a dozen, but, as happens more often than I like to
think about, I was wrong!). Each Pow Wow book is available for exactly
$10.00! This covers all postage and handling and everything. UNLESS,
you live in some really out-of-the-way place like, lets say, Antarctica,
which requires an out-of-the-ordinary amount of postage!
The proceeds, minus the aforementioned postage and handling, will go to
the Alapaha Area Council, with the stipulation that the money be put
towards next year's Pow Wow. If there is enough interest (i.e., more
than 25 people want a copy), then I will print more copies through
February of next year (recharter, fresh beginning,
So there it is, Scouts-L interested parties, another Pow Wow book! Ours
stimulated some new directions for Pow Wow books. We (okay, me) will be
publishing a separate skit, song, and cooking book that will be made
available to all Scouters at the Scout store. Next year's Pow Wow book
will be the 1998 Supplement to the other three books. It will be smaller
(maybe) and cheaper (maybe) than this year's.
Several people have expressed an interest to me in our council's Pow Wow
book. As the author, editor, staff, and publisher of this book, I am
pleased to announce that it is done, printed, available, and already in
use. If you would like a copy, please email me in private so I can deal
with you on an individual basis. The cost is $10, plain and simple. All
proceeds will go to our council ('nother subject, 'nother time). AND if
you have ideas for inclusion in future Pow Wow books, please keep me in
Scouters, I've learned a lot over the past several months. One thing I
really took to heart is don't wait until the last minute to do the job.
Our PW book is good...it could have been much better. Next year's
version will be borberline Pulitzer-prize-winning materal.
Ready for a little advice? Make sure no single person is in charge of
putting your Pow Wow book together. Give that person who is in charge a
staff that is trained and up to the task. Pow Wow books are works of
love and works of art. Put together a PW book staff that is dedicated
to the task.
Dewitte A. Baisch (Sandy)
Scoutmaster, Troop 411, Circle 7 District, Alapaha Area Council, Georgia
"..if it ain't raining, we ain't camping!"
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