Re: Help! Leader Won't Follow
Jon Spencer (spencerj@DG-RTP.DG.COM)
Tue, 4 Apr 1995 14:04:45 EDT
> 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 hou
> before the last group of my Pack.
> Sorry about being so long. Any help would be appreciated.
> John J. Pise, Jr.
First, you were wise not to make any comments to her in front of the
Scouts. This is always highly unproductive.
You need a committee meeting, and soon. How you proceed depends upon the
people, but I would suggest a gentle approach. Explain WHY you made the
request (order) you gave. Explain that it is very devisive to have more
than a single leader. Explain that the scouts clearly figured out what was
going on, and that this will cause severe morale problems if it continues
Maybe the woman had someplace to get to. If that is the case, then she
should have let you know, and should have bowed out. The pack should never
go faster than the slowest, and if they do this, there should be clear
collecting points quite often. (This also causes problems, since the boys
that get there first are rested when the others catch up, and don't want to
wait for the others to rest.)
Snacks should NEVER be started until ALL are gathered. Period.
If this doesn't work, use your authority. But only as a last resort.
It sounds like your unit needs some lessons on unity and purpose and
service and love and understanding. This must first start with the
leaders, and then extend to the scouts. Unfortunately, I am not an expert
in this. Maybe your district leaders can help, and maybe others on this
But good luck!
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