Re: Seabase or Other Long Term Plans
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM)
Tue, 14 Jul 1998 11:42:50 -0400
In a message dated 7/13/98 11:48:21 AM, kswoods@CHRISTA.UNH.EDU wrote:
<<I would like to hear from other scouters, their ideas and experiences
regarding this type of long term planning.
How did you approach it with parents?
How did you deal with scouts that left during the time?
How did you deal with new scouts that came in?>>
I know of at least two troops, one on the East Coast and one on the WEst Coast
who make it part of their routine plan to take a long European trip every
The troop talks continually about this trip and makes it a major focus of
their program. This includes talking with parents about it at the time the
boy joins. The understanding is that if the boy stays with the troop,
participates including participation in fund raisers and is active, he will be
able to go and the cost of the trip will be covered by the money raised during
the three year period.
How to deal with Scouts who leave? -- That's why Scouts don't leave. If you
have dropped out of the troop, or you were inactive for a significant period,
you don't get to go.
How to handle new boys -- I am not sure on the details here. I have to
believe there is a cut off. However, that is the nice thing about the 3 year
cycle. If you have a one year cut off, you can tell the boys and the parents
who are recruited that year, you won't be able to go on the trip next summer,
but we have one coming up three summers after that and you still can be a very
active troop member then and go on that trip. If there were a four year
cycle, I think that the time would be too long.
One real challenge to this type of plan, in addition to the obvious challenge
of fund raising, logistics, leadership, etc., is that it represents a major
long term personal commitment for the troop leadership. In both of these
cases, the leads in the troop at the time I knew them. There was no question
that four or five years from now, this person would be the Scoutmaster and the
troop would go with him.
Enjoy your planning and your trip,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City