Why Scouts Quit: SCOUTS-L Digest - 18 Jun 1995 to 19 Jun 1995
Jim Smith UT (jsmith@SAREK.OSMRE.GOV)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 08:34:23 -0600
Some insight on why Scouts quit, not from a Scout in my Troop back when I
was a SM, but from a former co-worker. When Ken heard I was a SM he began
recalling all the good memories he had of Scouting, the activities, and
how proud he was to wear the uniform. Then he said that one day he
decided to quit.
"Is that when you discovered girls?", I asked, joking.
"No, that's when I discovered Scouts was only another excuse for adults to
tell kids what to do.", was his serious, and I believe honest, reply.
He didn't elaborate on what had happened to bring about this discovery,
but all adults involved in Scouting need to remember that they are there
to 1) train youth leaders; 2) counsel; and 3) help the youth carry out
THEIR Scouting program.
Train the boys and get out of the way!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City