Re: leader problems
Gary Sherwin (sherwin@SUNSHINE.PGH.WEC.COM)
Wed, 26 Apr 1995 08:20:28 EDT
Jeff Mace wrote:
> We have a leader that nobody seems to like. Yet nobody does
>anything about it. Does anyone have a suggestion on how we could get rid
>of her. I have thought of cycling a petition but I'm not sure if that will
>be enough. Please reply with suggestions on how we can get her out of the
Our troop has had similar problems on several occasions. "Getting rid of the
problem". Is a job for the Scout Master or Committee Chairman.
If there is abuse involved, there are clear procedures for addressing this
in the Youth Protection Program.
Then skip the rest of this message.
NOTICE! I said getting rid of the problem, NOT the person. It is their job
to train and to manage the troop environment. I have yet to find a pain in
the neck that didn't force me to change the way I held my head, and
consequently, how I looked at things. Suprisingly, If we look hard enough,
we can usualy find a way to manage such situations so that all benefit and
You do not give any indication of why "nobody seems to like" this individual.
Is it because she is abusive, loud, critical, disruptive, right? I'm sure
many will disagree with me, but as a Scout Master, I feel that I have an
obligation and attendant oportunity to train and manage whatever boys or
adults are sent to my troop. For example:
One of our Assistant Scoutmasters joined the troop when his son graduated
from Weblos. He had been for all intents and purposes THROWN OUT of our
local Little League program, since people didn't like him because he
"YELLS AT THE KIDS ALL THE TIME!" Riding people out of town on a rail,
courtesy of the mob is easy. The thing that no one considered, is that
this man in nearly deaf. He can barely hear him self talk, let alone
inconsiderate others that will talk behind his back to criticize his
In our troop he is the Assistant Scoutmaster in charge of equipment. He
is advisor to the Troop Quartermaster (Who happens to be my son). When
our troop takes a canoe trip, he is the one that drives his truck on two
hour and a half round trips to pick-up the canoes and return them. This
winter, he established, entirely on his own, a booster fund, (with his own
money) to help pay troop expences for our upcoming trip to Camp Haliburton,
Ontario Canada. He is not a monatarily rich man, just a LOUD, DEMANDING
C O M M I T T E D Scouter.
I consider him my human geode (The ugly rock with the awesome crystals
inside) He is still as loud and ugly as ever. Those that do not know
him still despise him. He still provides me with opportunities to manage
personal conflicts. But throw out the rock and you loose the beauty.
I used to be an Eagle NE-V-19-20
Eagle Scout Class of 1967
Vigil-Wagion Lodge 6
(Mr.) Gary W. Sherwin SM
Troop 461 Yukon, Pa.
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