San Diego-Imperial Council 2016 Scout Fair
April 16, 2016
9 AM-3 PM
The Tiwahe display at Scout Fair was our largest and most interactive ever, highly demanding in the amount of resources and volunteers required. Geared to show our support for Cub Scouts, visitors went through a series of displays, crafts, and games to have fun while learning about the Boy Scouts and the OA. Once they had completed all the activities, they earned the "Future Arrowman Award". Here were the main features of our big booth:
Arrowmen at the 2016 Scout Fair
In addition to the features of the big booth, the lodge ran a separate outpost selling water and gatorade. Meanwhile, three different chapters took turns parading around the fair in costume and with the lodge mascot to pose for pictures and promote the OA.
The snow cones were strategically placed by the entrance
Some adults received a lesson in teepee construction, and Mr. Ewens educated Cub Scouts and arrowmen on regalia and drumming.
As the day progressed it became harder to keep the all activities running in the face of technical difficulties, strong winds, unforgiving heat, and a shortage of staff. However, dozens of hardworking volunteers readily adapted and worked overtime to make sure the show went on.
Our display constituted an unprecedented step toward our lodge promoting Cub Scouting, giving us a much greater presence at the Scout Fair than before. Its program touched on many positive attributes of the OA, which is sure to help improve our image and grow our program in the future. With improved promotion and planning based on the lessons of this year, we can be poised to host an even better display at the next Scout Fair.
- BSA Med form A was required to volunteer, blank copies were available
- No signup to volunteer available, walk-in only
- One 20'x60' tent was rented, company took care of its setup and cleanup
- Goal was for 75 volunteers total, with 20 on duty all the time