E. C. HALE (ARTHALE@EKU.BITNET)
Tue, 9 Nov 1993 15:31:16 -0500
I know it's bad netiquette, but I'm short of time and will include
responses to several things in one message.
RE. Scoutmasters, Peter, DON'T DO IT! I agree with George and Don.
The CM + SA or SM + CA combinations will probably work. If you've got to be
in charge of both you probably wont be able to a first class job at both.
When people approach you "drooling at the mouth" with a request that you be
SM, it frequently means they want you to do all the work. I've been there.
Scouting will take up every minute of your existence if you let it. My current
scouting regimen is a lot like Jim Holman's (over the past few years I've
averaged 12 nights and two weekends a month given to scouting) and I'm going to
cut back. Pace youself and avoid burnout.
Don't do as I do . . . Do as I say.
RE. Don's point about the Tiger - Webelos program. I agree fully.
I've had to deal with Webelos that have been in "HotShot" programs that went
well beyond the National Guidelines. The end result is the "Been There, Done
That . . ." syndrome. This is especially acute when they are in a troop that
enrolls a number of boys that haven't been "HotShotted". It's almost
impossible to accomodate both groups.
RE. The Match Game, it wont work around here anymore because "strike
anywhere" matches have been taken out of circulation. We used to play it as
a form of patrol competition - only one scout at a time was allowed in the
"safety circle" to take his chops at the matches.
RE. Steve's incoming horde, Tell them to look at other troops - it's
only fair - however, don't be suprised when they all still choose your troop.
JUST BE SURE TO RECRUIT AS MANY OF THEIR PARENTS AS POSSIBLE!
Yours in Scouting,
(SM T-118 AND MUCH, MUCH MORE)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City