Re: Scoutmaster Training
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Fri, 28 Apr 1995 11:08:47 -0500
At 03:38 PM 4/27/95 -0400, John Edwards wrote:
> The REAL question here is why that PARTICULAR LEADER doesn't think
>it's worthwhile. That's the heart of the problem. He may have trouble at
>home, trouble with being away, personal hangups, or maybe just a plain old
>misunderstanding of what is involved. No one acts irrationally from their
>own point of view, and your attempts at communication have apparently failed.
John has a very good point here. To elaborate on it, I have a friend who
has been an ASM for over three years now. He has signed up for Scoutmaster
Fundamentals at least three times that I know of. Once he even attended the
first two parts. But he is a big-shot lawyer, who always ends up with an
unresolvable schedule conflict (occassionally last minsute) with the SMF course.
I would never fault this Scouter as a leader. The contributions he has made
to the troop (and I am not talking about financially) have been tremendous.
When his work doesn't pull him away, he always puts the Scouts first.
On the other hand, every time another SMF course was scheduled, I was on
this Scouter's case about attending. I tried to make sure he gets it on his
schedule at the earliest possible moment. I had been unsuccessful at
getting this man to the course. I know that the problem is not that he does
not want to go. If I was still active in that Council (I have moved since
then), I would still be looking for a solution.
If the SMF course is properly pitched to a reasonable Scouter, I do not see
any reason why that Scouter would not attend if it is possible to do such.
Unfortunately, the course is not always properly pitched, and if it has been
pushed on a person the wrong way or once to often, a reasonable person might
become unreasonable about this subject. If that is the case, the only
solution I see is to back off for a while and come back to it when reason
returns. To continue pitching to somebody who has become unreasonable in a
subject is like trying to teach a pig to sing. You will not succeed and it
will only irritate the pig.
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