Re: Changing Troops
David Scammell (David_Scammell.Orlando_spg@XEROX.COM)
Fri, 4 Aug 1995 07:12:10 PDT
I may be new, but I have to put in my two cents worth ... so please bear with
me if I missed the first part of this discussion.
As far as wanting to change troops without making an enemy of the SM ... Please
remember what Scouting is about and remember that we, as Adults and Scouters,
need to set the example for our Scouts. Let's see, I figure the following
comes into play: Trustworthy, Courteous & Kind.
Be straight forward and truthful ... Your Scouts deserves the best that THEY
can get from Scouting! It is no crime to change troops. Different troops do
different activities and have different focuses. The only thing that hurts
more than the truth is someone sneaking around behind someone else's back.
Sneaking implies that there is more going on and then things tend to escalate.
If the SM won't do this or he won't agree with what is best for the boys, then
don't worry about offending him, he doesn't deserve to be a SM. At this point,
he might be upset, but there is nothing for YOU or the SCOUT to be ashamed of
and that is what counts.
Furthermore, if he tries to "thwart" the transfer, you have the Troop
Committee, District Commissioners & District Executives that should help you
... I even know of a case where someone from the sponsoring organization (when
asked for help) stepped in and did what was best for the Scouts. There are
plenty of alternatives for working within the boundaries of Scouting.
Please remember that every action an Adult or Scouter takes, usually one or
more Scouts will be watching or will hear of it ... guaranteed! So, Please,
Please, Please set the example!!!!!
David L. Scammell
ASM Troop 227 - Orlando, FL
West Orange District - Central Florida Council
Once an Eagle Scout ... Always an Eagle Scout!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City