Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 21 Jun 1998 22:25:24 -0400
Re the issue of getting others to contribute/edit/write the troop
newsletter, here's how it works in our troop. A parent had been doing it
the first year we started publishing one (95-96) but for a variety of
reasons I won't go into here, I ended up taking over in April 1997. I
write and edit a newsletter professionaly as part of my work, so it
wasn't particularly difficult to do, but was of course time consuming.
LAnyway, I did it for a year, until this past May, when a Dad of a new
scout in the troop volunteered to take over as editor.
As it turns out, this was a pretty good move, as his son, a tenderfoot,
is a bit of a computer whiz, and prety much put together the June issue.
I wrote about 3/4 of the issue, but frankly, the writing isn't a problem
for me--the young man in question laid it out, did the composition,
dropped in a couple of JPegs from our Scouting on the Mall experience (we
put up a tower wlithin sight of the Washington monu;ment--way cool), and
handled the printing and mailing.
It occurred to me that newsletter editor is an excellent "position of
responsibiltyi" for a scout, particulary in a large troop where the
elected and appointed positions are filled with more senior scouts.
Anyway, the boy seems to be enjoying himself, is doing a prety good job
(and will no doubt get better as the learning curve kicks in) and so it
has worked out prety well all the way around for us.
I think all troops shcould publish anewsletter, if not monthly at least
regularly. And, when boys do contribute something, they like seing their
work in print just like most people. It's also good to mention guys'
names frequently, too. Basically, any time someone in the troop does
something, it ought to go into the newsletter. Usually, ours writes itselfL!
For you folks getting ready to take Wood Badge in the next year or so,
starting a troop newsletter is an excellent ticket itemL!
YiS (and a good old Beaver, too)
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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