Re: Eagle before 13? (Keeping boys involved)
Susan Ganther (susan@EMAIL.UNC.EDU)
Sun, 25 Sep 1994 16:21:59 -0400
On Fri, 23 Sep 1994 BRAMLET@ECC4.ATENG.AZ.HONEYWELL.COM wrote:
> Several years ago, the patrol was planning an activity for the local
> camporee. Each patrol member had a very important part of this activity,
> to the point where any missing member would put the activity at risk.
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He went so far as to tell him that the team had lost the game
> ONLY BECAUSE DAN WASN'T THERE!! The coach went on to say that if he
> missed another game that season FOR ANY REASON, he was off the team.
Sounds to me like both groups need a reality check. Better planning on
the part of the Scouts would have made it possible for them to anticipate
having some members arrive after the game (or leaving early), better
attitude on the part of the coach, guilt trips may be appropriate if the
boy had spent the afternoon playing nintendo at his best friend's house,
but Camporees are not something that come up every week. Still, if he were
informed of that event well in advance he might have had a chance to work
with the alternate players some.
> I have seen a number of Scoutmasters who have told boys in the Troop
> the same thing. Basically, "If you can't make ALL the meetings, then
> maybe Boy Scouts isn't for you." The Troop that I work with has such
> a policy, and I think it's a pile of "meadow muffins".
I agree, I have seen troops with good attitudes toward athletic commitments
that even went as far as to help arrange transportation for Scouts so
that they could get to the campout after the game. This is the way to
retain older youth. Even if you do not have the time or the resources to
arrange for alternate transportation, you can at least encourage the
parents of the athletes to arrange something among themselves.
> Also, Susan, just so you understand me, I realize that I came on a bit
> strong on this point. THIS IS NOT MEANT AS A FLAME! It just touched
> a sore spot with me, and I have just said "ouch".
Don't worry about me, my flame resistant hide just got back from the
cleaners. I get it cleaned once a month whether it needs it or not.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City