Seascout-Net Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: In ESSENCE... - Forwarded
Re: In ESSENCE... - Forwarded
Bruce Chr. Johnson
Mon Oct 19 05:57:39 1998
Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 13:53:06 -0700
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
From: Eric Kozowski <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: In ESSENCE...
> My request is this; Tell me what are the TOP three or four things that
>make your units successful and outstanding in terms of the things
1 - get underway on the boats. a lot.
2 - traditional uniforms. they provide public recognition and a sense
3 - keep your equipment well maintained and sharp looking. pride in
4 - meeting at _least_ every week, if not twice a week.
>Eg. experienced mariners for adult leaders?, close
>proximity to waterfront activities?,
these things definately help.
>big boats and the funds to operate them?,
depends on what you mean by "big boats". in my opinion, anything over
the 40-50' range can be a major detriment to your program, especially a
new one. maintenance and operational costs (and time) go up
exponentially as boats get bigger. stick with boats that fit your
>prior scouting experience among adults and/or youth members?,
makes no difference. traditional sea scouting is unlike boy scouting in
many ways (and is similar in others). prior scouting experience is not
>Any tips on motivating your teen-age Scouts would also be helpful.
- set your expectations high and stick to them -- the youth will live up
to them, if you insist on it.
- don't be afraid to lose a youth member once and a while. the program
isn't for eveyone.
- let the program be youth led, but be sure and backstop the youth
leaders so they don't founder around aimlessly.
>To what do you attribute your individual unit success?
the items listed above.
Skipper, SSS601 "City of Roses"
Serving the youth of Portland, OR since 1929.
1998 Cascade Pacific Council Flagship