Re: Adults, Adults, Everywhere Adults
Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Mon, 11 Sep 1995 09:36:39 -0400
> From: Bill Case <billcase@ROMULUS.NCSC.MIL>
> Excuse me if I seem to be coming down somewhat hard on this idea,
> but while this could (not would, could) set a positive example
> for the boys, please remember that this is BOY scouts. THEY are supposed
> to be running the troop meetings. Please don't place them in the
> position of giving orders to adults. The primary place I expect to see
> that is during the execution of an Eagle project
> On Fri, 8 Sep 1995, Rick Touchette wrote:
> > Perhaps the adults could form their own patrols. The adult patrols
> > could then serve as examples for the boys, rather than get in the way.
> > (Or maybe the boy patrols would be good examples for the adults)
> > How Much of Your imagination is reality?
As I remember the original question, it had to do with adults on campouts,
where most of the leadership goes on (or should) within the patrols.
I completely agree with the ideal of boy-run scouting, but the point
may be to get the adults out of the way of the youth leaders so that
they can do their jobs.
I wouldn't recommend a permanent adult "patrol", but as an occaisional
exercise, it might make sense. It would be useful to educate parents
of new scouts into how scouting and the particular troop work.
We have once in a while had an adult patrol for the purpose of demonstrating
what can be done. Through the usual dynamics, it sometimes happens
that the troop is predominantly young scouts or the leadership gets
slack. A couple of times over the twelve years I have been with
Troop 188, we have noticed the camp menus and cooking getting to
be un-imaginative. A couple of experienced adults acting as a patrol
for a single campout can serve as an example of what is possible
with a Dutch oven on an open fire or with charcoal.
Bob Haar (email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Asst. Scoutmaster, BSA Troop 188, Clinton Valley Council, Michigan
Chippewa Lodge #29, WWW
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