Pictures – Take Them Early and Often February 5, 2009Posted by thetrainerscorner in Uncategorized.
Tags: Boy Scouts, Campouts, Craft Helps, Cub Scouts, Meeting Helps, Outdoors, Outings, Scout Leaders, Training, Webelos
Hello fellow Scouters,
A good friend in Scouting, Scoutmaster Steve B., had a great post recently on pictures, and it got me thinking. If I had a couple of minutes with a new leader, one of the things I would tell them is to take pictures of the den everywhere they go. Take pictures early on in the program and take a lot of them.
Almost everyone now has digital cameras. Digital cameras are a great way to take a lot of pictures without necessarily having to develop them. I purchased our digital camera the summer before my current den started its Tiger year. We are now about to graduate into Boy Scouts and I have years of pictures cataloged and archived on CDs.
Now that we are about to graduate out of Cub Scouts, I am going to give the parents a gift – a gift of CDs with all of the pictures I’ve taken throughout the years. So often, parents don’t bring cameras to events, and they are missing so many great memories. I made it a point to take pictures everywhere we went. Some were group pictures with everyone acting silly, some were action pictures of the boys doing some kind of activity. I’ve got pictures of the boys getting awards, making crafts, getting their shoes stuck in mud, packing up camp in the rain, and much more. And I have pictures of them as brand new Tigers and the same boys meeting with a Scoutmaster for their Arrow of Light Scoutmaster conference. I have 5 years of memories. It has taken a lot of my time to catalog and back up these pictures, but it’s worth it. These memories are priceless.
Some tips on dealing with digital images:
Backup – You must back them up to a CD, in case your computer crashes. A lot of work can be lost when a hard drive goes bad. I know this is an obvious point but I also know a lot of people who have lost pictures forever when they hard drive goes.
Cataloging – It is a good idea to catalog the pictures in some way so you can have them in some kind of order. I catalog them by their file name – A picture taken Christmas day 2008 would start with 20081225-# (with the # being the sequence of the pictures that day). This way they self-sort in a directory or CD. (Yes, I’m a little too organized for my own good!).
When You’re Busy – Don’t forget to get someone to take your camera and take pictures while you are busy working with the boys, so the memories aren’t lost.
Other Pictures – Don’t forget to ask the parents for pictures they take, so you can combine them with your pictures.
It’s Not Too Late To Start – Even if you haven’t taken pictures since day one, you can start now. You will still capture many great memories.
The Cub Scout program offers years of many fun activities, adventures, and fun. And the boys grow so much throughout the program. So my advice to a new leader: be your den historian! Capture the wonderful memories that you will have over the many years of Cub Scouting adventures.
-Scouter Jeff <><