Re: How to deal with disappointed scouts
Susan Ganther (susan@GIBBS.OIT.UNC.EDU)
Tue, 8 Feb 1994 19:25:15 +0500
On Tue, 8 Feb 1994, Ronald Oakes wrote:
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> After the awards, I took my patrol leaders and my Assistant Scout Master
> and talked to the Activities Chairman -- who was running the event. He
> showed us the scores, which did reflect the placing. However, much to my,
> and everyone elses, surprise the Lightening Patrol had the lowest score in
> their first event.
> This event was a rope toss rescue event. Of the three scouts, all three
> hit the target, and the earned bonus points by getting the rope to a patrol
> member placed at the target. This station was also responsible for judging
> the construction of the sled. Their sled -- while not the pretiests sled
> -- met all of the requirements, and should have earned extra points for
> being made of all natural materials. I could see no reason for them to
> have had such a low score!
> I quickly acted on the increasing disappointment by reminding my scouts
> that "A Scout is Cheerful," and letting them know that they were reviewing
> the scores to see if an obvious error was made transfering the information.
> However, I expect little to come from this review.
You did not mention who was responsible for scoring the event. We had a
similar experience at our last camporee, with our patrol not being
credited for a pioneering project which they had put most of their effort
into in hopes of winning a ribbon. In that case the scoring was done by
the patrol leaders of all of the troops in attendance.
It has been my observation that all problems are really opportunities if
you find the right perspective. In both cases there is the opportunity
to discuss responsibility. Remind them that at some point in the future,
they may be asked to staff a station and remind them to draw on their
experience when that time comes. That they should listen carefully to what
the criteria are for judging and awarding points, and that they should do
their best to be consistent and fair. Does your troop keep a journal, or
your patrols. They might write something brief about how they feel now
about what happened, how they feel about the judges and how they feel
about themselves. At some point in the future when they or someone else
in the troop is asked to judge an event, have them open the journal to
that page and reflect on the experience of those boys before they begin
preparing themselves to judge the event.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City