Re: First Nighter Agenda (a bit long)
Mark McCormack (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun Feb 01 06:35:22 1998
Yes I have seen this First Nighter progarm and it was interesting and the
youth members were having a lot of fun with the slides as well as explaining
what they did,(by everyone).
And consider this
I'm also from Australia
PS Hi Katie (hehehe)
At 13:38 31/01/98 CST6CDT, you wrote:
> I must admit (pause while my Skipper sighs) I can't remember or
>find a copy of our First Nighter Agenda, but I *can* tell you the parts
>that have stuck in my mind over the years, which is probably what you
>were really looking for.
> We put a welcome table by the door, usually manned by the petty
>officer in charge of recruitment, where guests and prospective members
>sign-in. It's a good chance to greet them, find out how they heard
>about out us, and hand them a packet of wonderful information about our
>ship and our program. Not that anyone really reads that stuff, but the
>Sea Exploring brochure has pretty pictures and is handy to thumb through
>when you're feeling awkward in a crowd.
> Assigning a guide to each or small groups of attendees will give
>them a chance to get to know someone in the ship by name, and they can
>give a more personal tour of the tables where we display the plaques
>we've won over the years and photographs of our usual activities
>(Regatta, sailing, car washes, pigtail pulling, etc).
> The Slide Show, much as we tease Skipper about it, is pretty
>impressive. If you don't have material from your ship's past
>activities, you could probably get slides from other units, and maybe
>even catch the attention of your current members with a few ideas they
>never thought of. Using your own slides always gets a few embarrassed
>groans (believe me!) out of your youth, but also gets them reminiscing
>about forgotten adventures.
> Usually a couple of mates and petty officers stand up and talk
>about how they got into the program and why. Hard to tell sometimes how
>that goes over, but it seems like a good idea, and at least the parents
>like to hear that.
> We stopped wearing dress whites because they can be
>overwhelming, especially for young people who are not coming from any
>kind of scouting backround and aren't used to uniforms. We wear them
>once a month to our regular meetings, so they'll get to see us formally
>decked out (is that a sea-pun??) soon enough.
> The best hands-on fun I've seen is demonstration of ornamental
>rope-work. It's hard not to be fascinated watching someone make a
>monkey's fist, and a few may even want to try it right off. You may
>only have one or two people able to show off such fancy work, but any
>apprentice in your unit can teach a few basic knots to a guest.
> Wow, I guess I had more suggestions than I thought. Best thing,
>though, is to talk to your youth. Without their help, we would just be
>standing up there lecturing to a bunch of bored kids. Your youth know
>what got them hooked, or what they wish they'd known sooner. If they
>get excited about showing off their stuff and pulling in new members,
>they'll come up with ideas and (with a few reality checks) pull them off
>:) Katie Sanders, RVT
>Program Mate, SES 361 Columbia Ranger
>Columbia, Maryland USA