Re: Adult Leadership
(no name) ((no email))
Sat, 23 Nov 1991 16:41:00 EDT
I agree with both of your points. Instead of looking at the "right man"
for the job, we Scouters had better get used to looking at the "right
person" for the job at hand. Otherwise, we set a poor example for the
youth we serve and cheat ourselves and the program from the best possible
people to lead our units.
One quick (short) comment: Yes, I do agree that we need to provide adult
male role models for our youth...because SOME MALE have to teach him how
to shave (reference to a personal message sent to me...), someone has to
teach him how to deal with females (and set the approviate example) and some
one has to teach him how to cope with the realities of today's life where
women are to be found everywhere that men are....
...at the same time, we need to stress that while shaving and coping skills
are important, they *can* be taught by other adults (and should be).
Otherwise, Scouting will be asked to be "loco parentis" for a lot of youth
and that is *not* an approviate role for Scouting.
Yes, we provide leadership and social opportunities for our members...but
we are *not* in the parenting business (but I have to tell you all, I enjoy
being "another dad" to 26 youth members in a unit; and a "big brother" to
a series of Senior Patrol Leaders....and when I was married, my wife enjoyed
those things with Explorer Posts...she "loved" being "mommie Mildred".)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City