Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: Rural Scout Unit Problem
Re: Rural Scout Unit Problem
Wed, 18 Aug 1999 03:07:42 -0700
Scouting has realized the difficulties faced by people
who want to start Scouting programs in rural area.
Although urban-area Scouting get a lot of press, the
Scoutreach Program also deals with rural Scouting.
I am in the Brazos Valley District of the Longhorn
Council. In addition to being rural, our district is
also HUGE. It would take 2 days to drive around it.
We are fortunate to have a lot of willing parents,
former Scouts, and concerned citizens. And, that's the
key to starting--willing adults.
Unfortunately, big-city problems are making it out to
the small towns. Weatherford, the biggest town in the
district, has 2 gangs that I know of. And, the
internet, cable TV, etc. brings the world to our
And that's how you have to approach the adults--what
kind of world do they want--for themselves & their
kids? Are they willing to invest some of their time in
their kid's lives, and the lives of their friends, so
that they can grow into mature, responsible,
civic-minded citiizens. Or are they "willing to take
The Scout-age kids of today will be grown up when I am
in my 50s, 60s & 70s. I'd rather help them become the
Mayor, than face them when they've become the
Robert Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
ASM, Troop 76 - Weatherford Texas
Roundtable Commissioner - Brazos Valley District
Member, Longhorn Council Orienteering Committee
"and a good old fox, too" SR-271-24
Do You Yahoo!?
Get your free @yahoo.com address at http://mail.yahoo.com