Re: How to deal with disappointed scouts
Ronald Oakes (oakes@PEACH.RTSG.MOT.COM)
Thu, 10 Feb 1994 13:53:09 -0600
OOPS! In trying to follow up my own mailing, I sent this to my self.
Ignore the extra set of "> "'s.
> In a mailing to the list a few days ago, I wrote:
> > Last weekend, my scout troop attended the district Klondike Derby. ...
> > However, my scouts did not do as well as they had thought. My Lightening
> > Patrol -- represented by a First Class scout and two Star scouts -- was
> > especially disappointed. They only received a 3rd place award. ...
> > 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.
> > ...
> > I think that this disappointment may linger for some time. I would like
> > some advise on how to deal with it. One thing I am already planning on
> > doing is sharing a chapter from Bill Young's "Trailing the Eagle" ...
> Just to update the list, I did read the chapter (Called "50 Gold Nuggets"
> if you are interested). The reaction from the scouts was very positive, and
> I think they got the message. They could clearly see the parallels with
> their own situation and I think it helped. I'll keep an eye on how the
> troop is feeling, and continue with the program -- of course.
> Ronald B. Oakes
> Scoutmaster, Troop 91
> Palatine, IL
> P.S. On the New Scout Patrol question,
> I have been saving the responses to my post to a special file that I will
> share with the other adult leaders in my troop. My Assistant Scoutmaster
> expressed strongly that he feels that continuing with the New Scout program
> as we have would be a good idea.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City