Scouting has no shortage of great volunteers. Let’s meet one
now. Today’s Scouter Spotlight shines on Kay Trick, committee chairperson with both
Pack 3508 and Troop 508 of Susquehanna Council in Williamsport, Pa. She’s also
involved on the council, regional, and national level, and she’ll head up the
staff dining halls at the 2010 jamboree. Now that is some serious commitment to
the program. If you know someone we should spotlight, e-mail us.
Tenure in Scouting: 25 years, all as an adult volunteer.
Scouting family: Son, Nicholas, became an Eagle Scout in
1993 and has earned his silver palm.
What’s your favorite Scouting memory?
Several come to mind. I enjoyed participating in the
ArrowCorps5 project last year. It was monumental for me in terms of servant
leadership and what the entire Scouting family accomplished in five national
forests for the good of the nation. It was extremely rewarding personally to
have been at Manti La-Sal and Shasta national forests (read our story about
ArrowCorps5 in this month's Scouting). I also am proud of assisting 21 Scouts in
becoming Eagle Scouts in our troop. They could always count on “Mrs. T” to have
what they needed to complete a project.
What does Scouting mean to you?
Where else can you give of your time and talents while
learning life skills? I enjoy the excitement—things that engage attention and
emotion in a lively, stimulating, and compelling way. These young people are
taught values and ethics, and those lessons are simply woven into our program.
What would you say to a boy who is thinking of dropping out
I’d ask: “What would you change in our program? Let me hear
your suggestions and concerns. Let’s explore and participate in exciting events
that you may be interested in.” Whether that’s a merit badge, camping, hiking,
or biking you can solicit his ideas and integrate them into monthly programs.
How do you make the program relevant to your boys when there
are so many other demands on their time?
It’s simple: We provide exciting opportunities within the
troop and council calendar to keep them interested and wanting more.
What is the key to Scouting’s success?
The open air. That’s why it’s important to keep your program
active and vibrant.
Thanks, Kay. We appreciate your thoughtful responses.
Scouter Spotlight will return next week.