saving a dying troop....
Wendie Howland (WAHowland@AOL.COM)
Wed, 10 Jun 1998 20:59:43 EDT
Long Beach, hmmmm... aren't you sorta close to some military types? See if you
could rustle up some former Eagles to help you out. And what's your council
doing with its head in a radiantly challenged area <G>? No commissioner staff
to help with recruitment?
Advertise, advertise, advertise. No real reason not to... any volunteer needs
to have his/her references checked out anyway, so don't limit yourselves that
way. Besides, as Will Rogers said (I think), "There are no strangers, just
friends I haven't met yet."
Perhaps the attitude that the BSA is more for the middle class two-parent
family kid is the stopper. Whose attitude is this? If yours, even because you
never thought of it before, then start thinking of nontraditional ways to work
with what you HAVE. Like they taught you in Wood BAdge, use your resources.
Those single parents-- howcum they don't get involved? Is it lack of
babysitting for the remaining siblings? Let them bring them to camp or on
outings. Yes, it's OK. You can call it family camping if you like. Have an ice
cream social, or a dessert party, and have everyone get together; perhaps once
the parents meet and know each other they can pair off for babysitting
Reach out to the single moms; many would love to spend some quality time with
their boy but don't know the first thing about camping and have no equipment;
get your supportive-but-elderly sponsors to let you do a campout on the church
grounds, lend or buy you some gear, and train some parents! Make it fun and
they'll get hooked. Give out awards to the parents who come... for ANYTHING.
Make sure you have a newsletter that mentions as many names as possible every
month... people love to see their names in print and this is reinforcing. Have
some of your elderly sponsors help with the typing and distribution and
Send home a survey/questionnaire on what the parents are interested in.... and
follow up with a phone call to EVERY one, whether or not you get it back.
Do a Bring-a-Friend campout, again on church grounds, and offer gear loaners,
if kids or parents are nervous about being first-time campers. Give prizes to
every kid (and Mom) who brings a friend.
And you know, if all else fails, remember: you can't save every lost kitten.
If you have been prepared and done your best, then you have done your best,
and you can sleep OK at night.
Other ideas, guys?
ASM T44 Pocasset MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety
I useta be an Eagle...
' We used to be a Beaver and a good old Bobwhite too,
But now we've finished Foxing and we don't know what to do,
We're growing Owl and Eagle, and we can Bear no more,
So we're getting out of Gilwell while we can!'
Scouting is a way of life....oooommmmmmmmm...repeat as needed*
*Thanks, Larry Faust...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City