Re: leaders who won't go to training
Alan Wolfson (awolfson@MSI.COM)
Tue, 25 Apr 1995 10:30:16 -0400
Peter Farnham <pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG> raised several good
points about some Scout leaders' reluctance to attend training.
I agree that we need to encourage all of the Boy Scout leaders
(and Cub Scout leaders as well) to attend training. I have to
disagree regarding just who is supposed to apply the pressure.
The UC, ADC, and DE have absolutely no authority with regard to
filling unit leadership positions. The chartered partner is the
"owner" of a pack or troop. They alone have the authority to hire and
fire adult volunteers. At best, most chartered partners show a benign
neglect of their scout units and rarely have any active participation
in the recruiting of adult leaders. Therefore, I think that the best
way of encouraging adults to attend training is through peer pressure,
particularly if it comes from the boys and other adults in the unit.
I know of one troop in my district whose SM did not attend
training and that cost them the Quality Unit award. They had a
tradition of earning the award, and the members of the troop put
enough pressure on the SM that he finally attended training (although
his attitude stunk during the training course).
Yours in Scouting,
Alan Wolfson Assistant District Commissioner
Molecular Simulations Incorporated Arrowhead Dist. Daniel Webster Council(NH)
(617) 229-9800 I used to be a Bear (NE-CS-36)
email@example.com Co-leader Junior Troop #307 GSUSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City