University of Scouting Event

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Auxiliarists Eric Piper and Pat Linesch (behind table) give pamphlets to Scout leaders. Photo courtesy of Auxiliarist Ron Tvorik.

This was the second year that Flotilla 18-6 was invited to participate in the University of Scouting. The recent event, sponsored by the Simon Kenton Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Council, took place at our local High School.

Article by Auxiliarist Ron Tvorik, Galloway, OH

Auxiliarists Ron Tvorik, Pat Linesch, and Eric Piper, arrived at the registration area early in the morning and set up our boating safety display in the school’s gymnasium. Last year the displays were set up in the hallway but it was better to be in the gymnasium where the vendor area was located.

Auxiliarists Eric Piper (L) and Ron Tvorik talking to a Scout leader. Photo courtesy of Auxiliarist Pat Linesch.

The University of Scouting coordinator’s Jeff Lockhart and Mark Hoppes greeted us and made sure all was going well. Sea Scout Commodore Tom Ross, and his wife, Lori were in the booth next to us and were very helpful throughout the event.

In between attending their classroom sessions the 439 scout leaders and 60 youth helpers visited the vendor area to check out the displays and the various hands on activities. This gave us the opportunity to interact with Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Sea Scout leaders and their youth helpers regarding the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Many leaders who work with the older scouts were interested in what the Coast Guard Academy had to offer. We were prepared with numerous Coast Guard Academy handouts and DVDs.

We had available a variety of American Canoe Association pamphlets regarding paddle craft, the “Operation Paddle Smart” brochures, the Ohio Boat Operator’s guide, our flotilla’s 2012 public education schedule and other appropriate handouts.

Our Coast Guard Auxiliary life jackets, float coats and a mustang suit drew attention and comments. The flags and pull up displays also went over well with the scout leaders. We made many contacts and gave out and received numerous business cards. The scout leaders were interested in, among other things, public education classes, vessel safety checks, boating safety displays, and support for parades.

The University of Scouting was an outstanding event and has opened the door for us regarding the sharing of Coast Guard Auxiliary and Boy Scouts of America activities.






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  1. Russ Henderson says:

    Keep in mind Sea Scouts and Venture Scouts. Their leaders may well not have attended the event. A little set up through the scout council might help turn them out in the future.

  2. Amy McNeil says:

    Auxiliarists from several Flotillas in Division One, 8th Western Rivers District, manned a Midway table at Denver Area Council’s University of Scouting last October. Many leaders stopped by our table to view the Cold Water Immersion Boot Camp video, and Cub Scout leaders asked lots of questions about water safety. Our Auxiliarists received merit badge training and certification at the Fall Division meeting, and we are working with council to plan a CGAux presence at Scout Show, District Roundtables, Venturing Roundtable, and our 100th Anniversary Council Camporee in September. Keep up the important work with the Boy Scouts and Sea Scouts. Our youth need to see and work with adults, outside of Scouting, who are genuinely interested in their growth and development. Auxiliarists can be good examples of volunteerism (giving back to the community and the country) and perhaps even guiding a young person toward a career in the Coast Guard when he/she might never had thought of it before.

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