scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Torturing the Volunteers
Dalton, Lloyd P. (Lloyd.Dalton@UNISYS.COM
Tue Aug 15 2000 - 10:25:29 CDT
Bob & the list,
I attended our district's kick-off about two weeks ago. Two scouts
from our troop came with (as requested in the council newsletter).
The first thing done after splitting off between pack adults / troop
adults was to split the troop adults into "experienced" vs. "newer"
scouters. The experienced scouters (5 years tenure or more) went to another
room. Not being a member of that group, I can only guess at what they
grumbled, er, talked about. :)
The rest of us viewed a 10 minute PR video from national, which was
1. Convincing us that scouting was a great and worthwhile character
building movement, good medicine for all the strife & challenge of modern
life, etc, etc.
2. Encouraging troops to help bridge more webeloes into scouting.
We listened to another short presentation on the new troop program
materials (formerly woods wisdom).
Then we split into small groups for "breakout sessions". Each
7-minute breakout session was led by a UC or someone of similar status. The
-- Advancement, BORs, COH, etc.
-- Finance (budget)
-- Recruiting committee members
-- High adventure
-- one or two others which I can't remember
Then we were re-joined by the "experienced" scouters. A CE gave an
earnest pep talk, and we left. The whole thing took about 3 hours.
Occasionally, a DE would draw a troop's number out of a hat and give
out a door prize. We won a hockey puck. Another troop won a
The scouts learned a few things. They learned that meetings,
presentations and videos take a long time, and are boring. They learned
that winning a hockey puck goes a long way toward making an otherwise boring
meeting tolerable. They might have learned some other stuff, but they
More importantly, they learned that the BSA doesn't say much about
boys who were never in Cub scouts. They were also surprised at the video's
angle on scouting. "Hm," they said. "No wonder kids think scouts are
stupid. Everyone talks about being citizens and being morally straight and
not joining gangs. Nobody ever talks about going camping or fishing."
All things considered, it was a pretty good kickoff.
SM, Troop 28
St. Cloud, MN