Help! Leader Won't Follow
John J. Pise, Jr. (pisejjj@HSD.UTC.COM)
Mon, 3 Apr 1995 11:25:23 -0400
I need help. I am a new Cubmaster, as of Feburary 5th Blue & Gold. I was an
Assistant Cubmaster for a year previous. Here's my problem:
Yesterday, Sunday, April 2nd was my first real "outdoors" event as Cubmaster,
a ten mile hike around the city. The boys are able to earn cash for camp by
I was 5 minutes late for the start. No excuse. One of the leaders took
the initiative to take the pack out. As they were rounding the first corner at
the end of the street where the hike began, I was turning down the street. I
know most of the people there saw me, they waved.
My son and I, my Webelos Leader and a couple of boys who stayed back
with him spent the 1st hour trying to catch up to my pack. By the time we
caught up to anyone, the pack of 18 boys was spread over 2 miles. The first boy
I encountered along the way was practically in tears. Though he was able to
keep up, his mother who was with him could not. The rest of the pack left them
in the dust. I promised him and his mother that I would get to the rest and
stop them until everyone was together.
At this point, I left the group I was with in the hands of the Webelos
Leader, and tryed to catch up by jogging ahead, and taking a short cut to head
them off at the pass. They had already gone by. I hitched a ride with one of
the parents who was coming around every couple of minutes to check on her son.
We caught up to the leader (who, of course the first group of 3 or 4
boys and their parents.). I asked her to wait for the rest of the group. After
some resistance, she said she would wait. I started to walk back towards the
group that was way behind, to try to hurry them a little. When I got back, she
had taken them out again. My son had caught up to them before they left. After
the day was over, he told me that he had questioned her on leaving after my
orders were to wait. She replied "Oh, well. Where is he anyway?"
We caught up to them at the midway checkpoint, where I had someone bring
snacks and juices. The had already gone through most of the snacks, and were
ready to leave. I reiterated my orders. "Her" group finished a clean 1/2 hour
before the last group of my Pack.
Sorry about being so long. Any help would be appreciated.
John J. Pise, Jr.
Cubmaster Pack 424
Pioneer Trails District
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City