Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Differences of Opinion in a Scouting Household
Re: Differences of Opinion in a Scouting Household
Thu, 9 Dec 1999 11:41:00 -0600
Even more interesting is being a Scouting and Guiding household. My wife has
been a leader and trainer in the Girl Guides for the last decade and has
helped out with Scouts when needed (which is often). I have been a leader,
etc. for a couple of decades and have helped out (mostly behind the scenes
since GG of Canada doesn't accept male members) on my share of occasions.
Scouting's now fully coed (which my wife supports) but Guides remain
exclusively female (which she also supports). Guides used to be full of more
red tape than Scouts, but Scouting has caught up this year. Differences in
some of our opinions and organizational backgrounds often lead to better
thought out decisions which benefit both organizations.
However on the topic of Kub Kar Rallies (the Canadian equivalent of pinewood
derbies) I believe that we both agree on the way I introduced them into our
district 11 years ago. We encourage all Cubs to participate and we down play
competition in order to focus on all the Cubs having fun.
- At our ralley one of the events is for every Cub to make a Kub Car stand
that we call a trophy that they can then use to display their car for years
- We discontinued the best looking competition after the first year so that
all Cubs would beproud of their car's looks.
- We have simple prizes for the winners of each of the 6 or 7 competitive
events and give them to the top five winners so that lots of people get one.
The prizes are just variations of the regular event badge (patch in American
terminology) color coded for 1st through 5th with the event name written on
it by hand using a regular pen.
- In addition to the regular 5 events (ramp events: speed and distance and
hand push events: straight line, obstacle, and draw) each year we have one
or two specialty events (such as a croquette course or a bowling alley)
which we rotate to be new to theCubs where we supply basic cars that can get
batered up. Thus we provide a more varied program than most Packs would do
on their own.
- We have two sessions of the district ralley ( one in the morning and one
in the afternoon) both to accomodate the various schedules of the youth and
to provide an opportunity for more Cubs to win prizes.
- We run the ralley in a school rather than in a shopping mall to place the
emphasis on Cubs having fun and to avoid the tendency of some leadersto
focus on their showing off to the public.
While some packs may have their own rallies, our district ralley has always
been one of the most important district Cub activities (the other being the
district Cubaree). Youth need to see that they are truely part of a larger
organization and that we can all work together and have a good time. This
year our district is organizing the North Saskatchewan Kub Kar Ralley and
will omit having a district ralley so that our Cubs will take part with an
even larger group of Cubs.
YiS Jim Carter