Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Letter to the Coach
Letter to the Coach
Thu, 26 Aug 1999 15:55:17 -0500
It was suggested to me to try to draft a 'letter to the coach' after I
asked if there was one.
I've tried my hand at it & it is attached. Perspective is from the SM or
DE, but could be adapted.
I'd appreciate comments (and feel free to use it!)
I'm working on one to band directors & will try a version from parents.
- Deb Keyes
VC-Membership, Signal Hill, NWSC, IL
"Too much fun is never enough!" -Garfield
SUGGESTED LETTER TO COACHES: Drafted by Debbie Keyes, Signal Hill, NWSC,
Sports teams and the Boy Scouts of America have many of the same goals
for youth. Both of our organizations have codes which ask our members to
pledge to keep themselves 'physically strong, mentally awake, and morally
straight'. In fact, those are the exact words used in the Scout Oath.
I'm sure your code of conduct has similar wording.
I believe that our programs compliment each other. A boy who has learned
leadership in Scouting knows how to follow. A boy who has learned the
Patrol method in Scouting knows how to play as a team member. A boy who
hikes, canoes, scuba dives and climbs mountains as a Scout knows how to
be physically fit. A boy who carries the flag and gives his time in
service projects as a Scout knows respect for his country and fellow man
and maintains sportsman-like conduct at all times.
We both need to continue to have good programs, emphasize our leadership
development and maintain flexibility. Let's prove to our youth and their
parents that it is our joint goal to guide our youth to be the best they
We need your help in the following manner:
1. Be flexible when a Scout requests a game or practice for a
once-in-a-lifetime Scouting experience or honor - make it an excused
2. Volunteer to work with your local Scouting unit, sharing your sporting
or hobby expertise. (Remember, the boys you meet as a Merit Badge
Counselor or leader could be your team leaders in a few short years�)
3. Recommend Scouting to your team members.
With your assistance in the manner requested above, we will produce the
greatest mutual benefits for the boys and for our programs.
Good luck with your upcoming season. If you have any questions or would
like to discuss any aspect of Scouting further, please call me at
Xxxxx, Scoutmaster, Troop xxx