Good Webelos to Bad Scout Transition
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Fri, 4 Oct 1991 14:10:49 EDT
Sorry I had to resend this but I mistakenly sent it to NDSUVM1. I appologize
if you got two copies. So read on if you have the time. - steve
I thought this "subject:" might get your attention. Let me first set the
stage for my question. I am currently a Webelos Den Leader with 8 10.5 yr olds
. Our den has quite good advancement, I expect 50% to get all or nearly all of
the pins. All will receive Arrow of Light. We have attended week long Web.
camp and have recently been recognized by the council by being asked to "Show
off" our full uniforms and usher the Constitution day ceremonies at the
local State office tower. etc....
I am also on the troop committee of our "sister" troop and a friend of the CC
and SM. I am set to become another ASM when we cross over in to the troop.
The problem follows:
We just completed our first joint camping trip with the Boy Scouts. Neither
my son nor I now want to be a part of the troop!
Why? The reason for the trip was to begin the transition (never in the
weekend were the boys introduced) and to hike the 14 mike Cuyahoga Valley
Trail which the OA gives medals for hiking (my Webelos finished, the troop
did not). We all had our uniforms with us on the weekend, the troop did not.
In fact the troop requires only the shirt. The older boys were undisiplined
and unruly the entire weekend (some that is - not all) and constantly harrased
and nearly hazzed my webelos, especially the two "weakest" ones (my sons term).
But the worst problem (the mortal one, so to speak) was that the boys did not
lead. The Senior Patrol Leader did not give a single command, nor request. I
can only recall one instance where a PL did something. All orders came from
the CC and SM. When I confronted them with the leadership problem, they both
said that the SPL won't take charge. BTW, I thought we camped with 2 patrols,
but later found out that it was 3. How can you camp with scouts for 3 days and
miss a whole patrol?
To be fair, the troop has no one over 13. They have been at it for two years a
nd are camping once a month, meeting once a week and bringing 7 to 1st class
this week. Even though I wouldn't pass what they called lashing, they are
attempting to "do scouting."
What should I do? Go to another troop with just my son? What of the other 7
boys? Go to another troop with all 8 boys? Enter the troop, come out swinging
and risk getting booted? Enter the troop, work quitely within for change?
Demand that they name me Scoutmaster? (That is a possibility - the current SM
plans to step down in Jan 1993 anyway).
Help! Did I mention that NONE of the leaders of the troop are trained? Did
I mention that 70-80% of the leaders registered in the Pack last May are traine
d? Don't tell me training isn't helpful.
Steve Myers, WDL (trained), Troop committee (having never before been to their
meeting or camp), Eagle Scout class of 1968 (no one pushed me), 4 years
summer camp staff (Buskskin Scout Reservation), OA Lodge treasurer advisor
(they don't spend nothing without me!), NESA, ...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City