Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Tue, 28 Dec 1993 14:57:01 EST
On Wed, 22 Dec 1993 08:12:38 EST PAUL SWEENEY said:
>Even though I am not a Boy Scout Leader, I do have two boys in Troop 7
>in Lowell, Ma and do see what's going on since I often stay for the
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> Another comment that I can make is that several of the parents of
> boys in Troop 7 have expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of
> involvement of the adult leaders. ..............................
> Even my own boys ................................................
> ...................... have expressed to me that meetings are
> boring and that they "don't *do* anything" ;-) .
Although I acknowledge the "smiley face" I want to comment here.
I am the Scoutmaster of a troop of 20 boys that are using the "boy
planned and boy run method." I too have had some parents dissatisfied
with parts of the program, but it IS MY JOB as scoutmaster to talk
to parents and to get them to see the vision as I have it. When
I explain to them what I am trying to accomplish and how "failure"
sometimes breeds even better "success" later, and how the boys are
really learning to be leaders and to exist in a democratic society,
etc.... the comments usually stops and the support begins.
As to the boys' comments, I too hear that our meetings are boring
but this comes back to the concept of "boy planed" meetings. I and
my troop are stil learning here. The boys (PLC) plan, then they
have to execute the plan. This latter part is where we currently
have some challenges. Tle PLC thinks that planning is talk and
that the execution will happen if they don't do anything except talk.
IF the adults step in and execute (even if only when the boy plan sags
or falls) teh plan, the boys will fail to learn the responsibility
of carrying out their plans. So I perfer a terible night of
instruction with map and compass (where i am convinced that no
one learned anything) to a night where the adults "teach a good
class" on map and compass (where no one learns anything because this
is like school and we were in school all day and we don't need this.)
It all comes back to SM allowing the PLC and SPL to do their jobs
for better or worse. If you firmly support the patrol method
and the patrols are put in position to have to work, success
is not far behind.
Hang in there.
Scoutmaster, Troop 1, Akron, OH
I used to be a bear.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City