Re: Friends of Scouting
Sun, 1 Feb 1998 07:49:40 -0500
I just have to put my two cents in here. Last year I told Council that we
would LOVE to have an FOS or FME presentation but that -I- would be doing it
an not an outside presenter. They balked, but I said my way or no way. To be
true it was a rather short (but sincere) presentation, and as I posted here
before we kept coming back to it throughout the evening. Total time was
possibly five to seven minutes. Now before you get me wrong let me tell what
we raised... some $4,000 in pledges! We had the highest in the whole
district, with only 50 boys in our unit. Yes they asked me to present this
year for other units (which I am ... very limited though) but I disagree
with the concept of an outside presenter for several reasons.
1) Too much time... most presenters tend to bore you to death. Instead
of being fun it becomes a sleep-a-thon. This interferes with the purpose of
the unit's program as well.
2) Not connected... The parents don't know these outside presenters from
Adam! The Cub/Scout Master has SHOWN their own commitment to these boys over
this past year. Its time for a "I have given to your boys now help me out"
3) Out of focus... which is a continuation of #2. I know my Pack's hot
buttons... I know how to get them happy to give. I ignore all of the
details... (we are going to build this and that) and get to the issue...
that they are doing it for their own boys! I do read 100 Scouts (posted
several times here on Scouts-L) and make the connection of pay me now (FME)
or pay me later (juvenile jails). Yeah, I make 'em an offer they can't
refuse! They liked my idea on that too... the DE has made copies of the 100
Scouts to include with every Pledge card (again, Scouts-L makes look
Now I am not against presenters... heck, I am one now. I just feel
strongly that each unit should take the burden of supporting YOUR council
very seriously. If you turn this portion of your program over to someone you
don't know, then you can't be too surprised at the results. I acutely
appreciate the facilities we have and the way they are being improved. I
also like the way my DE treats me when I come to his office. He knows by my
actions that I am committed to the success of the whole, not just my Pack.
As for those other presentations I am doing... I am personal friends with
every one of unit leaders. That is they have asked for me to do this. Again,
there is that "connection" I am talking about.
Cubmaster Mighty Pack 230
Cub Scout Roundtable & Training Staff
Semoran Springs Dist, Central Florida Council
"Awesome is as Awesome does..."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City