Re: Troop Problem with Webe
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 09:59:25 -0500
Thanks fo rthe reply:
> Note -- the 30+ boys I'm referring too from my pack do not come from one den.
> hey are from 4 dens, my specific den is the largest, but I have 3.5 active as
> stants and a den chief. The other dens have at one den leader & two assistan
> each. Interestingly in our pack availability of leadership is not the probl
What I have found so far is that when the Webelos join, the adults want
a break for a while. This year we only have 1 active scouter (who asked for a br
this year) that came up with the kids.
His son did want to be Quartermaster (so we got the dad too!). ;-)
If you have committment up front, then it can work
for the troop but moreso for the new boys coming
in because they have an adult leader they know well.
> Seeing how I'm on such a Soap Box I have one more topic to address. Last week
> Webelos den leader told me that they visited a troop meeting where they were
> hocked at the level of swearing going on in the meeting by both the boys and
> e adults. In his description the swearing was more representative of (using
> cliche/stereotype) a US Marine Boot Camp. When they questioned it to the ASM
> his response was 'oh don't worry about it. It's harmless fun'. Needless to s
> this is being brought to the attention of the DE. I would be interested in
> w anyone else would have handled the situation or responded to this ASM.
This has two effects and we have a rough and tumble troop in town that has the
1. The kids see the obnoxious behavior and will join the troop
they are most comfortable. The issue here is that is there are
few or no troop choices, then you have a REAL problem.
2. The leadership is allowing this. They feel this is
acceptable and they won't change it. New leader
or a strong force inside the leadership can lead it
to a cleaner environment.
In our troop, we just don't tolerate it.
No swearing, no pushing, hands off each other
unless playing a contact game. My next message is
to clean up their uniforms (tucked in shirts etc.)
but if this is the extent of my problems, then
I am a very lucky SM
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City