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  1. That sounds really interesting. I hope you'll be able to find out more about it.
  2. You're lucky. We had a similar situation, which people did notice, so we had to revamp our entire fundraising plan. We had low dues, with a single fundraising effort that paid for the majority of the Troop's needs. However we had quite a number of Scouts that made no effort at fundraising, but went on every campout. Some were getting a Scout program for $65 a year. Others were paying $400. A few of our newer parents tumbled to this pretty quick. So we went to higher Dues for everyone with ISA's for "excess" fundraising dollars based on effort.
  3. Yeah - it almost sounds like he's offended because he doesn't like Native Americans.
  4. This is the #1 complaint I get working with Packs in my District. There's no magic bullet, but I would suggest creating a list of the top 5 things you need done, with a brief description of what each one entails and an estimate of the time commitment. At least a couple should be simple and quick. Have individual meetings with each family's Adults - coffee, at your home, at their home. Don't do it at Pack meetings. Explain the general need for help and talk with them about the specific opportunities available. For your new parents, give them an early, easy "win" (you might consider having
  5. Great idea. Where do you sell them?
  6. My Troop does this frequently - in some instances they are younger brothers of Scouts who aren't old enough to join yet. We call them "permanent guests" of the Troop, although you might be looking at a one-time deal. My only concern would be from an insurance perspective, but I assume potential recruits would be covered under the Crew's policy.
  7. It just blows my mind that a group of kids would join Boy Scouts, and then stay in it for a year or two, if they didn't like to camp. I also don't understand how it could become optional. It seems like the pressure of the expectations of the rest of the Troop would cause this group to either start camping, or leave to find another activity they liked. This is not to say that Scouts is for everyone. I tell people all the time I think Scouting would be of great benefit to any boy/family that gives it a try with the right attitude. But the reality is that not everyone can muster the atti
  8. They should find some other group to join. They don't want to be in Scouting.
  9. This is a bit confusing to me (as most of life is). Why aren't any of your Scouts leading? How in the world can it take 3 hours to plan 3 one-hour Troop meetings (I just returned from a one hour PLC where five Patrol campouts were evaluated and four Troop meetings, and five Service Projects were planned and there wasn't a kid in the room over 14)? I sure wouldn't dump a 12-month planning requirement on a group that takes as long to plan a Troop meeting as it takes to execute a Troop meeting. How can any Scout have "no ability to advance?" I could understand no "desire" to advance as t
  10. There are definitely Scouts who need to have planned activities in order to have a good time, and other Scouts who have no problem filling up a campout with "activities" they just make up when they get there. I had a very interesting and lengthy discussion with a Scout at Summer Camp about precisely this issue - he was "bored" with Scouts generally because his Patrol wasn't doing things he liked. But his attendance was poor - both at Troop meetings and campouts - and he wasn't really a participant in planning activities or making suggestions for them. I explained to him that the Patrol - an
  11. So here's a great example where an Adult can step in to a situation to solve a problem "for" the Scouts because it's safety-related. Other possible safe solutions weren't immediately obvious to the Scouts, and that's when unsafe solutions can easily come to the fore. Probably a demonstration they'll remember.
  12. So I see that the dreaded "situational ethics" has reared its ugly head in this Cub Scout group. Today, it's looking the other way on a registration form, tomorrow maybe we're back to hushing up YPT violations. I would think a trial lawyer would have a field day with a unit that was purposefully submitting inaccurate information should there ever be an accident in the unit.
  13. I think it's fair to say that families don't expect to participate in a program like Scouting for free. Given that you're a "start up" you might consider explaining to the other families that you're not sure yet what this will cost in total, and lay out the amounts you know you have to spend for registration, Boys Life, etc, and add $25 or so to get the Pack started with the understanding there might be another "ask" later in the year based on the activities. You might also think about asking for a one-time larger contribution ($100?) for which each Scout and Adult Leader would receive a "Fo
  14. Why do you have such low attendance from the 11-13-y.o. Patrol? We're just now to the point where we have a group that could be called a "venture" Patrol. We've empowered this group to plan "high adventure" activities around regular campouts (for instance, if our younger boys are going to Winter Lodge to inner tube, they should consider snow camping or snow caving) - same destination, different activities.
  15. In my experience, there's not a tremendous difference to my unit between having no District Commissioner and having the same guy who's been in the job since 1997. They are about equally valuable.
  16. That's great news! Shows, again, that persistence can pay off big-time. Get ready for the speed bumps and complaints from the parents the first few times things go wrong. Remember that things going wrong means it's working the way it's supposed to. Only in Adult-led Troops are things ever perfect. "Train 'em, Trust 'em, Let 'em Lead!"
  17. This is the crux of the matter, and sometimes it applies to registered leaders as easily as to Troop parents. Many Adults see themselves as problem solvers in general, and most specifically for their kids. When they first join, Boy Scouts (in their parents eyes) are still "babies" and need to be looked after and protected, just as they have been doing for the past 11 years. Some parents "get it" right away, or can be weened off their habits. Others require a tougher approach and some simply are not willing to bend to the reality of the Scouting program. It's hard work.
  18. I think this is probably true (although when you reach your 10th "Zack" or "John" I'd think your head would spin), but the SM's of the large Troops in my area clearly don't care to. I went to an Eagle COH at a large Troop once where the Scoutmaster had clearly not been camping with the Scout since he was new to the Troop, but also decided to tell a story that did not place the Scout in the best light. Cringeworthy performance. It's also kind of fun to watch my ASM's struggle to keep track of the names of all the Scouts (and we're only at 40!).
  19. I'm not an evangelical, but I believe they are called by their faith to "witness" it to others. That you see this as something to "fear" opens the real possibility that you are a religious bigot and intolerant. Fear, by its definition, is unreasoning - the "mind killer" as Frank Herbert called it. But you're entitled to your own thoughts on this and whatever consequences might flow. As young people, some are touched by a religious calling. I saw it happen to others my age when I was a teenager, although I never found myself moved in that direction. None of those kids were harmed in a
  20. I also have no problem with the ditch. The only time Adults are encouraged to step in is when something really unsafe is happening or about to happen.
  21. This is an interesting discussion, but I would suggest there are a few folks who need to do some soul searching regarding their abject terror about religion.
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