Re: A Bad Night at Scouts
Jim Rushing (jrushing@FREENET.VCU.EDU)
Thu, 15 Dec 1994 04:51:52 -0500
>meeting since June. Guess who won (Mr. Absentee). For Patrol Leader of the
Maybe if you stress to Mr. Absentee the importance of the
position and what is required of him, he will either become
more involved or resign the position. I would start right away,
get him on the job and put him to work. He'll either rise to
the challenge, or sink in the swamp.
>months and isn't yet registered in our troop. They elected the one who isn't
>yet registered. I'm now going to have to figure out how to deal with showing
>them that they made a major mistake without being the "Big Boss".
If he's not eligible, he can't be elected. Did they know what
the requirements were before voting? When I run into a problem
that has to do with scout rules, I like to go up one level and
bring somebody in to explain the regulations..and the
neccessity of another vote. I've had good support from our
local office. They should be able to handle it a little less
personally. And (hopefully) you're off the hook.
>Scoutmaster I have had to deal with an Assistant who really wanted the
If you want a different assistant, get one. He's not helping
you, not helping the kids. Why kkep him there. I would have a
tendency to be very honest with him. "Bill, (or whatever), I
have to have an Assistant who is going to support me. You
don't. Bye Bye."
You can play with the wording. :)
>I really was close to quitting tonight but I think I still have a few more
>months of fight in me before I throw in the towel. Now I just need to figure
>out my next move. Any suggestions/comments are welcome. I will also
>graciously listen to criticism.
The reason that scouting hasn't been taken over by people
like your assistant is because of the dedication and
persistence of people such as you. When you walk out, he takes
over. Is that enough incentive to make you stay?
As for criticism: (1) Hesitating to educate your scouts about
election requirements. (2) Letting your assistant go this far.
(3) Thinking about quitting.
Actually, I wouldn't criticize you for those. But I figure if
you get mad enough, come January you'll be waiting for them at
the door ready to get back on course. Hope it works.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City