Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: How do I encourage more activity by the Troop
Re: How do I encourage more activity by the Troop
Mon, 20 Dec 1999 21:20:00 EST
In a message dated 99-12-20 11:59:48 EST, Jan Mussler wrote:
<< My sense is that the once a month activity is an outing, preferably
camping but a fun activity never-the-less. Advancement, IMO, will
move along nicely if we have well-planned programs at these outings,
geared toward where the boys are at in their advancement. >>
It should work.
<< My frustration is not so much with the Scouts, but with the parents and
associated leaders. >>
The same frustration felt by every active leader.
<< The Troop seems to have developed a pattern of winter camping but little
activity in the summer beyond the week at summer camp and maybe one
big trip. >>
Sounds like a typical troop year to me. With the exception of having boys
attend JLTC, very few troops in this area do much beyond summer camp in
July and August. Some troops do the big trip in May or June, and there's
one troop that goes to Philmont for a 7-day (or shorter) trek at the end of
August instead of doing the full-length trek with the council contingent.
<< I did get feedback from one parent yesterday that this December camp-out
was such a poor time because of family obligations. I encouraged the boys
to pick this date because Winter Break should be a good time to go; no
The parent was correct; never plan an outing after the first weekend of
December. And don't figure on going out again until at least the second
weekend of January. And while district events can be fun, you don't have
to do every one of them. I also wouldn't count one-day or shorter events
(e.g., Scouting for Food) the same as a weekend campout; it is possible
to do both in the same month. And long weekends and school breaks
generally are bad times for Scouting events; leave them for the families.
If you go out on Friday evening and are back by noon on Sunday the boys
should have enough time to do their homework.
<<what should the cancelation policy be for a 10 boy soon to be 18 boy
The troops I've been associated with want the fee for the event by the
second meeting BEFORE the event; the fee will cover food and (depending
on the financial status of the unit) part of the camp facilities charge. This
fee is usually non-refundable; this is a wonderful incentive for the parents
make sure the boy shows up (guess who paid the fee <hehehe>).
<< I feel uncomfortable right now, as CC, as I feel too involved in
Good! Swap jobs with the SM; all you'll lose is your voting rights in the
But those are just my suggestions; you should get more from the list.
Ralph V. Balfoort, Unit Commissioner
I used to be a Beaver.... (NE III-135)
In the Beaver Patrol as a Scout, too,
and now Ktemaque (Beaver) Chapter,
Haudenosaunee Lodge #19, OA