Re: registration, leaders, and kids
Paul Parry (PAULP@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Tue, 17 Sep 1991 14:05:12 EDT
>Children can not teach and lead children, it takes adults.
This is true for cubs, but be careful saying this to scout parents.
Until this spring my troop had the same problem with volunteers. In fact
three of us "young adults" were the only SM and ASM's, while two single
mothers did all the committee work. Last April, three webelos dens (from
two different packs) crossed over into the troop, and with them came the
den leaders. These leaders were so interested in helping, we let them
lead the troop while we went to our summer camp jobs. We returned at
the end of August to find that the "acting SPL" (the actual one was also
on camp staff) had had no say in the program, and the adults were doing
all the leading, teaching, etc. Scouts weren't given any initiative to
work on badges at their own pace, because the adults were asking "why haven't
you finshed tenderfoot" almost to the point of bullying. The CC's son asked
her at dinner one night, "When are Kevin and Paul coming back?"
The SM, CC, and I are now trying to regain control, but it won't be easy.
Any advice would be appreciated. Luckily, the SPL has been able to step back in
and lead meetings on his agenda, but our new ASM's are becoming restless.
Anyway, troop leaders should be careful how they phrase requests for volunteers
, Although I'd much rather have the problem we're facing now than go
back to pulling teeth to get small things done.
ASM, Troop 9 Cranston, Narragansett Council, RI
Business Manager, Yawgoog Scout Reservation
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City