leaders who won't go to training
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Mon, 24 Apr 1995 17:10:22 EST
You've really hit a hot button with me. This drives me crazy. I
can't tell you the rationalizations I've heard for not going to
training. My favorite is, "oh, hey, you know (heh heh) we're kind of
informal around here and don't really think it's all that necessary.
We don't follow the scout program very closely anyway--we just follow
the parts we like."
I've actually had the 'scoutmaster' of a local troop say this to me.
How he thought I was going to react--sitting there in full uniform,
with my OA patch on and a "trained" strip on my sleeve--I can't
imagine. Anyway, I've raised a lot of cain about this situation, and
there are a few changes being made. The heir apparent to the current
SM has been to training, and showed up at my pack's crossover in
uniform (an amazing change). Also, a couple of my best DLs's sons
have crossed over to this troop, and these DLs know exactly how I feel
about the attitude expressed above. They are working from inside to
bring about change.
The only thing I can add to the post suggesting that the SM be forced
to go to training or be fired is that changing the mindset of a troop
is a long, slow process, and that sometimes the only solution is to
wait out the bad apples. When they move on, you can begin to change
things. This is unfortunate for the boys who in the meantime don't
get a good scouting program, but if the UC and ADC can't or won't do
anything, and the DE can't or won't do anything, and the COR doesn't
crack the whip, you really don't have much choice. You can also
quietly suggest that the boys go to another troop. When the troop
begins to lose boys, the message might sink in.
CM, Pack 1515
The Great GW District, NCAC
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City