Re: A Second Request from a new SM]
Alan Wolfson (awolfson@MSI.COM)
Thu, 19 May 1994 10:51:49 -0400
Scott Smith wrote (some of which I deleted)
< So, I think because of the way the troop was run for several years,
< these older boys were never expected to take responsiblity. Now
< that they are being expected to take some responsibility, they are
< rebelling (my SPL mentioned that he may go to another troop).
< Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Do you know if any of the older boys have been through Junior
Leader Training at either the troop or District/Council? It sounds to
me as if they have not. I suspect that if you attempt to do a
troop-level JLT, that the older boys will not be receptive. It
wouldn't hurt for you to point out the goals of boy-run units, but I
suspect that they may not take your word for it. If, however, a
District/Council training team _also_ emphasizes boy-run units, then
they may start to grasp the concept.
I wouldn't worry too much about the older boys "deserting" your
troop to go to another - they are not likely to find another unit that
supports their view of Scouting. It is imperative that you start to
train your youth leaders about their responsibilities _NOW_! Don't
wait until the younger boys get to be the troop leaders, or they will
fall into the same behavior pattern as the current youth leaders.
Alan Wolfson Assistant District Commissioner
Molecular Simulations Incorporated Arrowhead Dist. Daniel Webster Council
(617) 229-9800 I used to be a Bear (NE-CS-36)
firstname.lastname@example.org Co-leader Junior Troop #307 GSUSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City