scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Lack of Scouting influence ??
Katherine Coates (Tuwanda@AOL.COM
Mon May 01 2000 - 14:05:08 CDT
Here's a side note on the positive side:
Our district here in Santa Ana, California, is one of the most heavily
gang-riddled areas of the nation. It is in our district that National
started experimenting with Scoutreach programs aimed at the hispanic
community. AND GUESS WHAT!! It is working. The LDS Church has also been
very instrumental in bringing the hispanic community into Scouting and their
units are blossoming at a very exciting rate. Our Scoutreach after-school
Cub packs are filling up fast AND have motivated parent volunteers who are
striving to keep their kids out of gangs. Also, we had a great deal of
interest in venturing from the continuation high school located in downtown
Santa Ana. Recently our troop's SM and a former ASM taught a snow camping
class to a large group of students who then went snow camping (some seeing
snow for the first time in their lives).** They kids had a blast and I was
able to get our district's venture/exploring guy to get them going on a
venturing crew. So, to a lot of kids in our district and their families
desperate to get away from gang violence, Scouting is looking pretty good --
maybe even, dare I say it, cool.
Kathy Coates, ASM Troop 28
Santa Ana, CA
and Santiago District DE
**An unbelievable concept for those of you in snow county, eh?