Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Uncool Scouts
Re: Uncool Scouts
Sun, 18 Apr 1999 07:53:26 -0500
> Now, he's in a public school environment
> where the Scouting participation rate is very low and the non-Scouts
> fun of the Scouts. None of his close friends are in Scouting, and
> have gotten to the point where my son doesn't even want us telling his
> friends when he's off at a Scouting activity.
One of our professionals said he runs into nay-sayers when he talks to
boys at Jr. Highs & High Schools.
He said he singles out the nay-sayers and asks them if they think the
various things that Scouts do are cool.
How cool is climbing a mountain? Scouts do that.
How cool is surviving in the wilderness? Scouts do that.
How cool is living in a igloo for a weekend? Scouts do that.
How cool is whitewater canoeing? Scouts do that.
How cool is knowing how to save a life? Scouts do that.
Pretty soon the nay-sayers have to admit that Scouts are cool.
Some even start asking about doing some of these things.
The technique might work for the boy - just substitute some of the cool
stuff he's done in Scouting...
"Have you ever been whitewater canoeing? I have. It was so cool! I
did it last summer with the Boy Scouts."
Also, as a parent and a Scouter, I am always talking about Scouting and
the cool stuff the boys are doing in front of my sons friends. I think
we all need to talk about it in a positive manner and be excited about
what it's about. Sometimes I think we keep it a secret - when we should
be "tooting Scouting's horn".
- Deb Keyes
VC, Membership, Signal Hill, NWSC. IL