Robert P. Yeisley (RPYeisle@LANMAIL.RMC.COM)
Thu, 20 Nov 1997 08:38:54 -0500
In the Atlanta Area Council the Showando is a hands on Outdoor Skills
experience for beginner to intermediate Scouters. It is always part of the
Wood badge course. Each year the Wood Badge participants become the
demonstrators and put on a Showando for the Council.
It is sort of a one day round robin event. At registration each person is
randomly put into patrols to promote fellowship. If they insist we'll keep
them together. After the patrols have been established they rotate between
each of the skill sessions detemined by the staff.
They could include such areas as:
Emergency First Aid
Order of the Arrow
We also had information booths set up for
Next years Wood Badge recruiting
summer camp promotion
local outdoor outfitters
I'm sure I'm leaving some things out but I think you get the idea.
The staff provided lunch for everyone.
We also used this as a recruiting tool because we always invited the Webelos
Leaders to attend. We always encouraged all of the Scout leadership to attend
as well. Atlanta routinely gets between 100 and 200 to attend, but that has a
lot to do with the size of the Council.
It really works well as a training event for the participants, a reinforcing
event for the Wood Badge participants, as a recruiting event for Boy Scout
Leaders as well as next years Wood Badge Course and the final rally for the
Wood Badge participants.
It doesn't have to be associated with Wood Badge. Each District or Council
usually has enough skilled instructors to put on a showando. But it is a
Sorry I went on so long.
Robert E. Lee Council
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