I just got home from the first day of GLR, and after meeting quite a few scouts, I have noticed a general correlation.
Most of the scouts I talk to seem to have no passion whatsoever towards the game, their team, scouting, or FIRST in general. Why?
Today, I had a scout ask me if we had a ringer. I guessed that he meant to ask if our robot could hang ringers, but when I asked to make sure, he replied with a hesitant “I guess…”. This person did not even know what every entry on the scouting sheet meant!
So here’s the reason for my post: teams, please make sure your scouts are educated about the game, and that they care. Don’t assign scouting just because the freshmen have nothing to do. Don’t assign scouting just as a punishment.
Scouts, please, put a little passion into your work! I love to talk to people who are excited and truly interested in the robots and the teams, but it is IMHO a waste of both your time and my time if you are just filling out a list of 1-5s on a scouting sheet. Those 1-5s don’t reflect truly on anyone’s robot or performance. Don’t mumble; don’t give me "I…guess…"s. Be confident! You have a very important job–make friends and get to know people! Don’t muck it up because you have to fill out “all those stupid scouting forms”–that’s not what it’s about.
Maybe I’m preaching to the choir here; scouts on CD are probably very dedicated and this post probably doesn’t apply, but I just thought I’d post this here.
Just my 2 cents that I figured I should share