Re: New Troop (sort of)
Scott D. Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Tue, 14 Mar 1995 05:13:01 -0800
Hi, Nancy Smith said, in part:
> Actually, I would have preferred my son join that
>troop. The original troop (I don't want to use the actual number, so
>I'll call it Troop 1) which my son joined has had some major problems
>of its own. The Scoutmaster was "removed from office by Council" and
>the committee has some members who want to run EVERYTHING with no
>input from SM or ASM or anyone else. They plan activities and give
>the SM 24 hours notice to get boys there and then they themselves
>don't show up. The committee recently asked a friend of my husband to
>take over as SM. He agreed, but quit after only 2 months because of
>the committee members (and his own temper). Now my husband is a new
>ASM. The committee is waiting for two Eagles (both age 20) to become
>21. One wants to be the SM as soon as he turns 21. My husband said
>he'd "be SM on paper" until this Eagle turns 21.
>To get on with it...when the SM was "removed" he and his wife
>badmouthed the Troop to the current boys and encouraged them to
>either quit scouting or transfer to the 1989 formed Troop.
>Consequently, there were only about 3 boys left in Troop 1.
>Currently, there are about 6 boys in 6th grade who have had no Cub
>Scout experience or only a year or two. None have yet earned
>Tenderfoot, but a few have earned a few MBs. Now all the 9 Webelos we
>just bridged moved into Troop 1. This Troop now has 18 boys, all ages
>10-12. There are no older boys.
>My husband wants to make this Troop a quality troop again.
This sounds very much like my own Troop in a way where I was Comittee
Chair for over 3 years. I am now an ASM having wanted to give more time to
the Scouts instead. We had some older boys but they did not want to take
leadership roles because they were to busy with other things.
We perservered with training and mentoring the boys in the Troop and now
they are taking back the leadership of the troop itself - sometimes telling
the Committee where they feel they should go, at other times agreeing.
This has taken my getting involved and pointing out to the Committee that
it is the Scout's troop, not their's. Now if they don't like something
they speak out loud and clear and are planning their own direction. This
did take a while.
We had one parent who left the troop after an arguement because he felt the
boys should be simply given total control, sink or swim. His version of
this was to give them no direction or support at all. His boys were always
the ones who came on outings as young (and even older) Scouts with little
or no preperation - because it would teach em!
I would encourage you and your husband to get involved on behalf of the
boys. It may take a while but they will win out with your support!
Scott Drown, ASM Troop 39 Maltby, Wa Mt. Baker Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City