Cliff L. Coan (ccoan@TENET.EDU)
Thu, 8 Sep 1994 09:51:50 -0500
Okay, you folks caught on.
I've been "lurking" for a couple of months, now, and I guess I should
I'm relatively new ASM in a rural town (DeLeon) in north central Texas.
I've been involved with Scouting since I was a member (I'm 36) off and
on. Well, we lost one SM and the elder statesman needs help, plus my son
came to live with me and is of an age, so . . .
I'm an English teacher at the local high school, live on 130 acres in the
country, and enjoy the usual outdoor "stuff."
I do have (naturally) a problem to pose for the list:
We're a small troop, and it's time to elect SPL, etc. We have 5-6 older
boys who are technically qualified, but they're lacking in leadership.
See, the elder statesman is of the old school (he was MY scoutmaster),
but he's trying to change to the boy-run-troop idea to keep up with the
times. However, the boys who need to be running the troop in leadership
positions are sadly lacking in leadership skills, and -- apparently --
are not especially interested in developing any.
How to develop those skills (in the shortest possible period of time,
Secondly, we have a few older boys who have lost immediate interest
because they've hit high school age and fallen to the usual lures (cars,
sports, etc.), but are very close to Eagle and would be an excellent
leadership possibility (they were trained under another SM who since has
moved on -- hence the elder statesman is back in charge).
What can we do to get these boys active again?
Thanks in advance,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City