patrick wilson (pwilson@CORIMAGE.COM)
Fri, 25 Aug 1995 10:08:02 PST
Marc Soloman wrote:
>Now, I personally am not such a stickler for time, but I have been
>with troops that will wait around for over a half an hour after the
>announced departure time before deciding that a Scout is not coming.
>And even then, they will call the Scout or his parents to find out
>why the Scout has not arrived. THIS DOES NOT TEACH RESPONSIBILITY!
>We need to teach our Scouts that the world will not stop and wait for
>them. We need to let them know that they are being discourteous to
>everyone else in the troop by showing up late. Frequently departure
>times are set up so that other events can take place on time. I can
>not tell you how much it galls me to see a troop have to set up camp
>in the dark because a handful of Scouts (and/or their parents)
>decided that being on time was not important.
This hard-line approach be the way to go, but I think it's the
exception, not the rule.
Looking from another perspective, most of our Scouts rely on someone
else for their transportation to and from the meeting or departure
place. Usually, it's a parent and often times a single parent. Things
happen that the Scout has no control over. For instance, the parent
may get stuck at work or in traffic. By leaving them behind, we may
not teach them responsibility but we will teach them about frustration
in dealing with things out of their control. Not only that, they miss
out on the activities of the campout which includes more learning.
I don't think waiting a few extra minutes or making a phone call is a
bad idea. As long as you make the incident a learning process. Have a
SM conference during the activity to find out what happend and to come
up with a plan for the next time. Theach them to notify someone when
they will be late or not showing up at all. Suggest that THEY set up
alternate transpotation plans for the next time. Teach them to be
responsible through education, not punishment.
If you find that it's the Scout's fault and it becomes habit, leave
him in a cloud of dust! That'll teach him!
I don't think anyone can claim to have never been late, that's the
real world. It happens! But, everyone seems to be OK with it once a
phone call has been made.
Also, I'm a firm believer in padding my transpotation time. I account
for the possibility of a late departure, car trouble, traffic and even
the possibilities of a rest stop for drivers. when over 70% of
Scouting's injuries, occur during the transportation part of the
activites, I want the drivers to be stress free and not on a firm
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