Re: Problem with another leader.
Brian L. Davis (brian@COR.GOV)
Wed, 27 Oct 1993 18:04:46 +22320726
Evelyn Haller writes:
->splash not be consumed). She took thisto the scout mediator instead to
->bringing it to my or the cubmaster's attention.(This kind of backstabbing is
->just her style.)He said that he had put the episode behind him and hoped it
What excatly, is a Scout Mediator? On the presumption that you are
really talking about your local district executive, you shouldn't worry
about this sort of thing. DE's (and indeed, Council staffers) have very
limited powers where the behavior of unit leaders are concerned. Essentially,
they can revoke the membership of leaders in violation of policy, and thats
about it. Your chartering organization (which legally operates your group
as a sort of franchise of the BSA program) has much more authority over
local unit politics. Most DE's will simply refuse to get involved in this
sort of personality contest, and with good reason.
->I can't understand her behavior at all. She joined the RoundTable Staff and
->wears the patch and refuses to wear the Webelos Den Leader patch. I guess that
->she is in scouting for the glory not for the boys. I am really embarrased by
->her behavior as a scout leader. She is actually spreading roumors around the
->school (where she volunteers) about how little help she gets. Heard this from
First, a den leader outranks a roundtable comissioner by a factor of
ten (IMHO), and among real scouters, there is no glory in district or council
service - after all, we are here to work with children! REAL SCOUTERS SERVE
IN UNITS (I feel fairly qualified to make this statement, since I serve as
Cubmaster in one unit, Scoutmaster in another, District committee member,
Council Committee member, and occasionally work for the national office as
well.) It is true, that many District level, or Council level volunteers
see themselves as big shots, but they are just plain wrong.
Second, my strongest advice to you, is to take your den, and meet
somewhere else. Don't talk about it, just do it. You and your kids will be
a heck of a lot better off for it. After all, do you suppose it has escaped
the childrens attention that their leaders are squabbling? Move on, and run
your den the best way you can within the rules. That way, you won't have any
more problems with her, and you might reduce your personal stress level a
little. Let her succeed or fail on her own with her den and wish her well.
Third, rather than spreading rumors, she may just be relating what
she perceives to be her problems with *you*, with the people that she knows,
in excatly the same way as you are here with the net. Don;t judge her too
harshly, perhaps she just needs someone to talk her problems over with as well.
I hope things work out well for you and your boys..
Yours in Scouting,
Circle Ten Council
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