Bad Night No, FIGHTING leaders.
Gary Sherwin (sherwin@SUNSHINE.PGH.WEC.COM)
Thu, 15 Dec 1994 05:53:26 EST
I am sorry, but IMHO allowinng a devisive adult to continue to undermine the
program is a loose /loose situation. IF the boys see an ongoing power strugle
between you and he, they will be torn between two programs. I have had
similar problems when I was a Weblo leader and when I first became
scoutmaster. In the one case the wanabe but not responsible leader even
set up a court which called me out of the weblos meeting to TALK with me.
It was a wonderful opportunity that led to full parental suport for a
properly run weblos program. Believe me, I was not compromising or
weak in that meeting. Mr or Mrs. kindawanabe has to be told where his place
is. This should NOT be done one on one, but rather in the presence of
the troop committee. Beginn by discussing your vision of the program
and your reasons for being SM. Explain that as SM, you are the supreme
court of the troop with ultimate vetoe power and that he may either
join the team or with the support of the committee, GET OUT!!! Offer a
real position of responsibility with real descriptions of duties. If
the prospect of kindawanabbe as leader is not enigmatic to scouting,
inform the committee that you wish to have either an affirmation of
support from them or an acceptance of YOUR RESIGNATION (DO NOT LEAVE SCOUTS,
just move on). WE have a boy run troop with excelent committee support
but I am scoutmaster and everyone knows my ideals and vision and weaknesses.
Strong trained aadult leaders cover my weak areas WE WORK AS A TEAM ALWAYS.
Bring your problems with kindawanabe to a conclusion soon. All will be better
off than if you let them continnue to stew.
By the way, your District executive and unit commissioner should be made
aware of your problem and on standby for a show of support of reorganizational
help for your unit imediately following your confrontation of the problem.
Its kind of a period at the end of the sentence.
I used to be and Eagle NE-V-19
Gary W. Sherwin SM
Troop 461 Yukon Pa
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