Re: Pack leaders drop out
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Fri, 28 Apr 1995 11:04:21 -0400
> My Pack leaders seem to drop out every year at this time to run a T-ball team.
> I understand the disire they have to orginize this team, and it's a great
> thing to have a T-ball team associated with the group. But when your
> Committe chairman and Den leaders all start putting in so much time that
> they don't seem to have any time left for scouting.
Exactly why you need more than 1 leader in the den.
I see this in two areas:
My son's wolf den has 1 leader. She is a busy mom and took the leadership
from me (I started Tigers den) because she wanted afternoon meetings. When
her job got crazy, she said she needed help so 2 additiion moms took
the second monthly meeting (each 1.5 hours).
This now gives us the flexibility of 3 leaders (out of 9 kids).
The second point of view is my own involvement with scouting and Ski Patrol.
I was heavily recruited for the SM position being an ASM for 3 years and CM for
Webelo leader for 2.
I said that I would take it over with the understanding that I do
not camping from Dec -> end of Mar because I am on Ski Patrol Duty on
Sundays and sometimes I teach First Aid on the weekends. I know that this
is impactive to the troop. WHAT HAS HAPPENED is that the other adults
have recognized that they need to better share the load instead of
having the SM completely in charge.
We also pre-assign adults for the camping trips in August so
the sharing is well known early in the cycle. If you over schedule
the trip an dit is not work related, then the fair-ness model
is in question.
What I have as an adult leadership team is five excellent adults
who are responsible for a primary area (advancement, treasurer,CC,
high adventure) and a willing group to share in the more common
areas such as trip planning, newsletter generation etc.)
You need to plan for this now that you see a pattern. You also
need to talk to the adults to find if this is their requirement.
Thats ok as long as you, the leadership, understands it.
I would hate to be put in the position to make
a choice between Ski Patrol and Scouting. I do Scouting
because I can be heavily involved with my children (BS and CS)
which ultimately helps the entire troop. I am in SKi
Patrol as MY PERSONAL activity for personal growth. It is
a test of my senses and my fortitude to work on injured
people (especially children) but exceptionally reward.
If I had to make a choice....Then everyone loses.
I am sure this leader LOVES running sports and this may
be their personal growth path.
Difficult position but it is very solvable with some direct
discussion about the problem and bringing in more people to the team
in the spring.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City