scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Highs and lows of Scout-O-Rama 99...
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET
Mon Nov 08 1999 - 13:48:43 CST
CHUCK BRAMLET <chuckb@AZTEC.ASU.EDU> wrote (in part):
>Well, another Scout-O-Rama (Scout Show) has come and gone, this time
>leaving me with some questions and observations on the highs and
>lows of the show.
>I saw few to no "spectators" that didn't have a tie (child, nephew,
>etc.) to the program. Recruiting tool, this _wasn't_.
We have seen that evolve in our council. When it was the Berkeley
Council, with 40 troops in town, any boy who wasn't in Scouting had
nothing to do with his time. Scout-O-Rama was his ticket into the
Now that our council has grown to 9 counties, the same Scout-O-Rama
is a hour's drive from us (longer for others), and the chances of
our target population happening by to see what we offer are nil.
This despite that $2.00 ticket that comes with a free candy bar. I
am sure that that is even more true of councils with vast geographic
spreads, yet the council still exhorts us to use it as a recruiting
tool and wonders why only two-three units from our district ever
We are considering putting together a district level Scout Show of
sorts (once we find somebody to head it up) that would rotate among
the different communities in the district to make us visible once
again. Anybody with any experience on district-level Scout-O-Ramas?
Alan R. Houser ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** Committee Member, Crew 24, Berkeley, California **
** Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Herms District **
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