hilding holroyd (blustone!hemingway!hilding@UUNET.UU.NET)
Thu, 21 Apr 1994 13:11:07 EDT
I had a longer message to send you regarding the SM troubles you are
having. I agree with the other postings that I have seen. This
gentleman needs SM Fundamentals. Frankly, it wouldn't hurt if you went,
too. I just served on the SM Fund. staff and had a good time, too.
I agree with what has been said regarding talking to the Troop Committee
and your unit/district commissioner and your District Exec. HOWEVER,
the man you need to talk to FIRST is the new SM. Call him up for a
one-on-one over coffee somewhere (a diner, maybe?). Tell him about how
the troop was run in the past, where the boys did most of the work,
planning etc. Talk to him about the benefits of doing it that way. And
tell him you want to work with him. Remember, he just might feel
intimidated by you (up through the ranks, scouts know you better than
him, Lodge Chief, Eagle?). He just might feel that you are trying to
undermine his efforts.
BTW, had I been the SM who asked you to put up the dining flys, I would
have been FURIOUS if you refused and continued to sit in front of your
tent. I submit that you should have gotten up and gone over to the area
and "assisted" the scouts in setting them up. ("Come on guys, we need
to set up these dining flys.") Basically the same way you (probably) did
it when you were SPL. Notice I did not say that you were to set up the
dining flys, just see that it got done the right way. That also would have
shown the new SM that the scouts could do it themselves, after all.
Again, I sympathize with your difficult situation. And I wish you success.
Hilding W. Holroyd Jersey Shore Council
Adv. Chairman, Tr 250, Lakewood, NJ "I used to be a FOX!", NE-IV-54
Eagle Class '68 Japeechin Lodge (Brotherhood)
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