Youth and a boy-run troop
Mike Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Mon, 17 Jul 1995 14:28:27 EDT
I can emphasize (sp?) with your current problem, because I have a similar one.
difference is I am an Assistant Scoutmaster starting my 13th year as an adult
Some things are universal and unending.
It is very difficult to change the practices of your Scoutmaster. Far from
change to a boy-run troop, your adults must support and nurture this change.
Do you know what plans the troop committee has made? Do you have a monthly
PLC meeting to plan meetings in detail, following the committee's outline? Are
leaders trained? There is an excellent JLT training tape and book that you and
youth should be walked though. Are your adults trained? If they have ever had
Scoutmaster Fundamentals course or viewed the "fast start" tapes they should
have a clue.
If your perception of leaders using you and your leaders as scapegoats is
correct, and if
you answer "NO" to the questions above, you don't truly have the support you
think you do.
It's easy for a leader to say "yea sure, go for it.", another to give you the
tools you need.
So, how to work with the poor situation you have?
1. Ask to attend monthly Troop Committee meetings. Tell SM you need to be
there to know what the adults want to do. (I know that's not right, bear with
me. . .)
2. Take those plans, ie, a campout next month, and set up your own timeline of
needs to be done when. Use this timeline, and call the SM the night before
each meeting. "If we're going camping three weeks from now, we probably need to
menus tomorrow night. Is that O.K. with you, SM? What else did you want to
3. Be prepared to work the "plan" at the meeting, but don't be surprised if the
something come up" that takes away your time.
4. Meet with your youth leaders and mabye the SM for ten minutes after the
meeting to plan for the next one. "Menus are done, now we need to decide who is
food, and who will be able to drive. Shall I call around, or do you want to,
This is not the best way. By planning it yourself, and asking yes/no type
gain his approval, helping him "buy in" to the plan, you may just get somewhere,
If the leaders feel it's their own plan they will be less threatened by your
If the "former CMC and SM say. . .the adults are fighting (you)", get their help
at once to
work to gain the acceptance and cooperation of the current leaders.
Remember that it's very, very difficult to force change on someone who doesn't
Even my attempts to work ASM to SM are full of trouble There will also be lots
just when you think you're making progress.Try not to get discouraged. Please
posted on how things work out.
YIS, Mike Derleth, Monroe LA.
Eagle Scout, WoodBadge, SM Fundamentals staff and Utility Infielder.
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