Re: Leaving as Scoutmaster, can you help?
Jack Weinmann (aa855@CLEVELAND.FREENET.EDU)
Tue, 7 Jun 1994 00:59:37 -0400
>First, I have not yet told the Troop (the boys, the committee already
>knows) that I will be leaving. I am waiting until closer to my last
>activity and meeting before letting them know. I am doing this in part to
>avoid losing my effectiveness as SM by making me a "Lame Duck."
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I would say that you should let them know as soon as possible - especially
the troop committee - so they can start to look for a new SM.
>Second, I am fairly sure who will be the next SM (I think he may have even
>realized it). Although this person is a good Scouter and outdoorsman, he
>still is missing some of the ideas I find an important part of scouting.
>Specifically, he objects strongly to the idea that each patrol should camp,
>cook and clean up as a separate unit.
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The patrol method is what the program is based on. I think this man either
has to be persuaded to follow that plan or perhaps he is not the best
choice for SM. If he cannot understand the principles behind the patrol
method he is missing a very important part of Scouting.
>He also has trouble accepting the fact that in the Boy Scouts of America in
>1993, that 13 year olds are "Older Boys" and should be leading the Troop.
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Whatever his reasoning is for his attitude, he either needs to "get with
the program" or perhaps NOT be asked to take over as the SM.
>I would like to find a way to make sure that my Troop does not devolve into
>a large patrol run by the adult leaders through a figure head SPL. He has
>attended Scoutmastership Fundamentals, and is considering Woodbadge this
>fall. But I am afraid -- especially since he owns a retail business -- that
>he may not do this due to time constraints.
If he has attended Scoutmaster Fundamentals and still does not choose to
run the troop the way it is supposed to be run - again I say he either has to
be persuaded to follow the plan or not be asked to serve as SM.
>Third, I do not want to compleatly drop out of Scouting. [..deleted..]
I would strongly encourage you to consider getting active in your District
(or whatever district you move to) in a number of possibilities. You could
become a Unit Commissioner and share your experience with troops that need
the help and encouragement that an experienced Scouter has to give. You
could become active in the District Committee areas as Scout Activities
Chairman, get on a Scoutmaster Fundamentals training staff, volunteer to
serve on the Boy Scout Roundtable staff, etc...... (There are many
Chairpersonships that can use you in the distict committee.)
I know how you feel as it is rumored (and expected) that I am soon to
become the ex-Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner. This is due to the fact
that someone feels that it is advisable to change the duties of the
volunteers every three years and I have already served as RT Commissioner
for FIVE years. MY problem is that I * LIVE * in another district. For me
to take most of the other positions in my present district would be adding
many miles and countless hours a year in driving time.
If I decide over the summer to stay in Scouting I will most probably talk
to the District Executive of the district in which I live to see if they
Talk to your local District Commissioner and District Chairman to find out
more about what is available in your district. District level Scouting can
be a very rewarding experience. I speak from personal knowledge that
districts NEED many more people to serve the area. I have been an active
member-at-large for my district committee for the last 6 years and have
NEVER seen a time that we didn't need or couldn't use MORE HELP.
I hope this helps you.
Jack W. Weinmann
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City