Re: New leader
I mixed you a drink, but you were gone! (V096KDUZ@UBVMS.BITNET)
Tue, 8 May 1990 00:38:00 EST
-> 1) They feel that having extra campouts just for the older scouts is
->unfair to the new and it shows favoritism.
Actually not. First, it gives the TLC a chance to get together without
having to worry about the younger boys. It brings the leadership council
closer together, which I would presume to be the main goal. Have any of the
parents gone on teh campouts???? If they did, they would see the reason for
the "private" aspect of this. Plus, the younger boys see this as yet another
goal to strive toward.
-> 2) Mr. C. was involved in something refered to me as an "incident"
->and years later these four parents are holding that against him.
If it is going to be referred to as an "incident", then that is just
what it was. It should be dropped. If they aren't going to tell the
specifics, then it is nobody's business and shouldn't be brought up.
-> The four couples hinted that if Mr. C. is elected then they will pull
->their kids out of the troop. That's the part that gets me. None of the
->parents want to be SM, yet a third is willing to let the troop fold rather
->than give their only volunteer a chance.
The part that gets me is that the parents are being so drastic. Has
anyone considered asking the boys in the troop??? They are the ones who are
going to have to live with the decision. And if they try and say the boys
aren't capable of answering on their own, that is ridiculous. The boys have
been around them than most of the parents.
-> I've worked with this guy for four months and I am confident in his
->ability to run the troop (with my help of course :) ).
You would act as the liason. If anything gets out of hand, you would
report it. Plus, if you are confident, then that is all there needs to be
Really, what it looks like is the parents are working off a bunch of
rumors that they have pieced together. If they are going to give an opinion,
they should at least be required to attend 50% of the meetings and at least 2
campouts a year. That way, they are semi-informed and can't make jump
It seems that Mr. C. has brought some nice refreshing ideas to the
troop. Ask the parents what they would do different and why. You may find them
with "I don't know... I don't run the troop" attitude. Then you have them!
Good luck and I hope you are successful!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City