Re: Troop with Rigid SM & dropping attendance
Pat Rada (PRADA@HEMKOSYS.COM)
Wed, 8 Mar 1995 09:58:19 LCL
Ted Burton (tedburtn@HALCYON.COM) wrote:
> 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 relation?
> 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. [...] 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.
To address the original question:
I was driving down the road the other day and noticed a sign that read,
"Don't cut what can be untied."
Without knowing a great deal about the situation, myself: You should talk
to your parents about it and then go from there. Each person you talk to
will present options, some they might be able to help with, others you may
have to tackle. Your Scoutmaster's point-of-view needs to be addressed to.
Switching from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts can be a shock to adult leaders.
Try helping your Scoutmaster out with program ideas -- offer resources.
Perhaps you can get your patrol running the way you want it to -- set the
For new Scouts a rigid program is a plus, for older Scouts it isn't much
fun. You may want to try to get other activities put into your meeting
agenda for experienced Scouts in the Skill section of the meeting. Do your
patrol thing in the Patrol Meeting section. Are you and your fellow
'experienced Scouts' teaching the new Scouts?
If all else fails, then find another unit. Before you do, take a look at
that knot you've got tied in the rope (troop) from all points-of-view and
try to untie it before you cut it.
Patrick Rada firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Scoutmaster, Troop 57 Des Plaines Valley Council 147
Downers Grove, Illinois, USA Pachsegink Lodge 246
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