Mike Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 11 Jul 1995 09:40:33 EDT
Ralph Johnson asks how to handle a parent who is "going to buck the current
adult leadership". He asks for page reference, chapter and verse to combat
this, only, I'm not sure you can.
If you can get this guy to a fundamentals course, or at least get him to watch
the fast start tape he might begin to see the light. A summer scout camp is much
different in structure than the typical weekend outing. Has he been to a
"regular" weekend camp where he can see some of the aims and methods of Scouting
A search for hard and fast "rules" may be frustrating. The leaders will spend
all their time playing CYA, and finding that many policies (like uniforms) are
up to the troop.
National tells you what you CANT do, but leaves many decisions up to the unit.
That said, one source for the "only BSA" activities "rule" is the Order of the
Arrow Handbook for Lodge Advisors and Adults. Don't have a specific page ref.,
but in there it specifies that only BSA activities count toward the camping
Another way of dealing with this parent, is to have the committee meet with him
and ask why he and his son joined THIS scout troop? If it was because the troop
looked sharp, looked competent, and looked fun. . .why is he attempting to
dismantle this winning combination?
If he STILL "wants PROOF it has to be as we say", just find the portion of the
Troop Committee Guidebook, or other source that says the TROOP COMMITTEE is the
ultimate authority over troop operations. That means it's the troop committee
who sets the policies (within parameters of charter org which usually doesn't
care, and BSA).
That statement of the Troop Committee authority is the PROOF. If the rest of
the committee feels as you do, use the RULES to muzzle this guy. All changes in
troop operation should go through the committee. If he proposes his motions and
they are voted down (with the group explaining why they go against the aims and
methods during discussion) he will either 1. learn, 2. give up, or 3. find
another troop more to his liking.
I apologise if this post is somewhat long, but Ralph asks a very complex
"There is nothing more dangerous than an idiot with spare time."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City