Scouting, Volume 38, Number 10, December 1950 Page: 29
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The Senior Crew Leader passed out the question-
naires, and — sui'prise! — the guys got right down
to business. We had lots of fun trying to figure out
what we wanted to know most about.
When the papers were collected, we had a lot
more fun talking about the jobs we had in mind.
We kinda kicked a few ideas around the table, and
Mr. Miller really came through with some thought
provoking questions like, "What is success? How
do you measure it? And what do you mean when
you say you want to be your own boss?"
You know, these fellows had been doing some
pretty serious thinking about their futures. Oh,
sure, there were two or three that hadn't, but they
are now. We're looking forward to the Hobby Col-
lege, hoping we get our questions answered.
Well, Mr. Advisor, that's about the way your fel-
lows will react. This Hobby College idea can be
put on with one or two other groups, but it will be
better if all of you in a District or Council get to-
gether. Talk it over with your Commissioner and
your Scout Executive.
The Merit Badge Counselors in the vocational
fields can head this up, or a service club can take
it on as a project. Several Councils are running
it in cooperation with a nearby college.
The purpose of a Hobby College is to stimulate
the Explorer's thinking and to get him to face the
future; to reach the fellow who, through no fault
of his own, is not looking forward to advanced
Following are suggestions for setting up this
1. Appoint a Committee (representatives from
Council or District Camping and Special Events
Committee; vocational experts from- high school,
university or business; Explorers and Advisors from
each District as well as Merit Badge Counselors).
This Committee should answer these questions:
Who will be the College President? How many
sessions will be held? Where will they be held?
When? Who will "hire" the faculty (leading men
in the fields the Explorers select). Who will mim-
eograph, circulate, and collect the Vocational Ques-
tionnaire? Who will back the "college" (the Local
Council, Service Club, local University, or group
of citizens)? Who will handle the publicity?
2. Plan the first meeting in detail. Keep it sim-
ple but to the point. Decide whether it will be
purely entertaining or "straight from the shoulder
stuff" that will bring Explorers back.
3. Start plans for follow-up. What can be done
to widen the Explorer's horizon? How can Explor-
ers meet leaders in their fields of vocational inter-
est? What field trips can be arranged for small
groups? Can trips to larger centers be arranged
through service clubs? Competition for jobs is often
tough, and young fellows just out of high school or
college must face up to questions from prospective
employers. Whether they get jobs or not depends
usually on whether they have acquired the skills
and habits which make them valuable workers.
We can help Explorers grow up if we can get
them to ask themselves the following questions:
What are my main interests as far as work is
concerned? . . . What things am I able to do best?
. . . What are my skills and abilities? . . . What are
my chances of learning to do the kind of work I
like best? . . . How can I be sure that I'll choose
the job that is best for me?
Read Chapter 21, pages 354-366 in the Explorer
Manual. Write to Science Research Associates, 228
S. Wabash Avenue, Chicago 4, 111., for their Life
Adjustment Booklet, Choosing Your Career.
Write to McKnight and McKnight, Bloomington,
111., for their Information Book and Practice Book
on Selecting an Occupation.
You'll find them very helpful in planning your
"college." Keep in mind that this whole venture
is vocational exploration and not guidance. Without
especially trained guidance experts we run the
danger of giving mis-guidance. Through this voca-
tional venture, we want to reach into the Explorers'
homes and bring into the open the young men who
"want to amount to something." We want to give
every young fellow a chance to develop himself.
We want him to think big — act big — be big.
Here’s what’s next.
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