Re: Dropped Scouts?
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 18 Jun 1995 22:18:55 -0400
In your posting you mentioned that the chartered organization provides
almost everything, that you limit the size of your unit, and that you
have boys waiting to take the places of those who don't attend.
What size is your unit limited to?
Is it large enough to have several patrols, an ASPL, and an SPL?
Why is the size limited?
Is it a function of what the leadership can handle?
Can your unit recruit more ASMs to handle more boys?
How many boys are interested, but not being served?
Are there enough to form a second unit?
Are these boys referred to other local units, if you can't handle them?
I realize that there are real constraints on how many Scouts any unit can
handle and stay healthy, but I sure hate see Scouting turning boys away or
not opening the door. If you can't handle these boys, talk with your
Commissioner and DE.
As to the Scouts that don't seem to appreciate the kindness of their
benefactor - this may be a symptom that they don't have ownership. They
don't learn by getting things free - challenge them to earn the stuff
through service hours via your Troop's PLC. Let the PLC tackle the
problem and you'll be amazed at the solutions the boys come up with.
Trust them . . . and if necessary let them make mistakes. They'll
probably come up with solutions to both ownership and attendance.
While the PLC is tackling this problem, this is a great opportunity for
the Scoutmaster to check-in with both the parents of the absent Scouts and
these Scouts - ask why they are not coming. What is it that they are
interested in? What would they like to do? This will establish that they
can't pretend to be at the meeting when they're not without being
confrontational if done right. It will also establish that the Troop is
interested in what they want. You can relay the results to the PLC, who
then can get more input and tailor planning accordingly.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City