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Stepping Up?

 

If you were in Scouting as a youth … can you remember your Pinewood Derby races? How about, when you were older, the Camporees, Merit Badge Days, Klondike Derby races and the like? Sure you can; those are memorable events!

In fact, if you ask any “old timer” to recount their Scouting youth, and you might as well get a cup of coffee and pull up a chair. The memories you’ve just tapped in to are deep, meaningful, funny … and numerous.

That’s the way it should be. For those who have been in Scouting for many years, we love the program, what it stands for, and the character-developing effect it can have on young minds.

Volunteers led each of the events named above, supported by scads of other volunteers. Everyone worked toward one goal: a successful event that was fun for the Scouts.

In our district, however, familiar faces run most events. We tap the same volunteers over and over again … sometimes until they burn out. Shouldn’t we instead create an atmosphere of shared responsibility, with more units/volunteers sharing the burden – and the benefits – of event leadership?

Consider this: IF EVERY TROOP REGISTERED IN THE WOTAMALO DISTRICT HOSTED ONE EVENT (of five district events held each year), OUR EVENT CALENDAR WOULD BE SET INTO 2017 BEFORE THE FIRST TROOP WOULD BE ASKED TO REPEAT AS HOST.

But not every unit is large enough, or has enough older Scouts, to host an event. That’s why we’d like two units to host events together. Ideally, one unit would rotate off each year so that a new unit can come on board, learn the ropes from the remaining veteran unit, then serve as primary host to another new-unit host the following year.

It can become a self-perpetuating system ensuring each event is successful, while giving each Troop the instructive opportunities that come from the (youth and adult) leadership while in service to others.

This request includes Cub Scout leaders. We’d like to get leaders from different units who would help organize district events for Cub Scouts.

Please discuss this with your committee and your youth … and reply back to me or Wotamalo District Unit Serving Executive Kristi Lanane to volunteer. At the very least, have the discussions and be ready to say “Yes!” when we ask you to step up for your turn.

 

Eric Hoadley

Wotamalo District Commissioner

 
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