Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: BP on Catching Boys - Recruiting
BP on Catching Boys - Recruiting
Wed, 11 Nov 1998 23:50:07 -0500
Was reading AIDS TO SCOUTMASTERSHIP: A Guidebook for Scoutmasters On the
Theory of Scout Training by LORD BADEN-POWELL OF GILWELL and came across a
passage that may be of interest to those of you who have been wrestling with
what to do with a too small Den, Pack or Troop:
"How to Catch Our Boys"
"I like to think of a man trying to get boys to come under good influence
as a fisherman wishful to catch fish.
"If a fisherman bait his hook with the kind Of food that he likes himself
it is probable that he will not catch many-certainly not the shy, game kind
of fish. He therefore uses as bait the food that the fish likes.
"So with boys; if you try to preach to them what you consider elevating
matter, you won't catch them. Any obvious "goody-goody" will scare away the
more spirited among them, and those are the ones you want to get hold of.
The only way is to hold out something that really attracts and interests
them. And I think you will find that Scouting does this.
"You can afterwards season it with what you want them to have."
Mike Bowman a/k/a Professor Beaver (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Webmastering in the Scouting Spirit from Alexandria, VA