Re: Troop with Rigid SM & dropping attendance
Ted Burton (tedburtn@HALCYON.COM)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 06:38:11 -0700
A youth member of Scouting asked on this List:
>I've recently obtained the rank of Life, and in the Order of the Arrow
>(ordeal). I know of at least three BBSs run by scouts in my troop.
>Now, I have a question. I have a scoutmaster who does everything by the
>book, everything suggested, has every scout meeting planned to the exact
>minute. We recently did a Knot-O-Rama. Several scouts (mostly my friends)
>have dropped out because the way our troop is now. We have a low attendance
>rate (except for the new Webelos) and a high drop-out rate..... Is there a
One should not freely comment about someone else's methods -- something
about walk a mile in my shoes. You might want to see if some of the parents
and Troop Committee, and your favorite District Executive, would
diplomatically urge your new Scoutmaster to go to Woodbadge. A well-run
troop may indeed be focussed on a good program such as the one he is
setting up, but it is a question of how you get there. It has been my
observation of life in troops that the larger and happier the troop, the
more likely it is to have effective youth leadership by youths, with adults
gossiping on the sidelines and having to be reminded by the SPL that it's
time to go home. One of my friends in Scouting says that Scoutmaster Nap
Time in a good troop runs from wake up to taps, although the Scoutmaster is
entitled to bestir himself (herself) for meals. In the meantime, young
scouts who excel at helping with the program may gain control over program.
Good luck! Visit with your Lodge brothers to see if they have been through
this, and don't be afraid to go find a youth-run troop.
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