Bob Rosebrough (rosebro@GGPL.ARSUSDA.GOV)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 08:44:26 -0400
This is part of a private message I wrote to Sara Duff. I thought some of the l
ess incendiary comments of mine may be of interest to a
You have my sympathy concerning a difficult situation. No doubt, you will get m
uch feedback with the usual scout crap about training
videos etc. The plain fact is that another adult should have stopped her on the
spot (at the original campfire site) by saying that all of the
facts are not in and no judgment can be made at the present time. It sounds li
ke you have usual load of mush-mouthed adult leaders.
Seems as if the adult leaders are afraid that she can do something to their kids
and that CYA is in order. Hell, take her on.
Having said the above, let me digress a bit. Your CC has to go. Your CC has ta
ken a position that is not correct, but seems to be more
prevalent today. Somehow, she imagines herself to be the CEO of the Troop and n
ot the coordinator of support activities. I agree that
some form of training may be in order, but, these type of individuals rarely sta
y in the background. Sooner or later the this type of
comment will appear. "We (committee) are just as important as you people who go
on campouts." I don't Know how many times I have
seen committee members in meetings attempt to micro manage events or somehow act
as roving assistant scoutmasters. If you allow her
to remain as CC, your deserve what you get. To a certain extent, you can be a v
ictim only if you allow yourself to be one.
Unfortunately, Scouting has become a dumping ground for various and sundry probl
em children. What I mean is that Scouting is an
activity of last resort for certain kids and parents take positions in Scouting
to guarantee some form of success for these kids. Certain
parents seem to think that it is the function of Scouting to teach socialization
skills that they, themselves, have not been able to accomplish
Sara's description of a 15 yr. old's behavior is classical. His behavior suggest
s a general breakdown in interpersonal skills that is not
typical of this age. His mother's response is dead give away to her failures.
How did this kid get enough people t help him with his Eagle
project? Remember,a stop watch or fastball is pretty difficult to modify by par
ent input, but Scouting is not. Likewise, someone's failure to
understand the team concept of soccer may result in significant bench time that
doesn't occur in Scouting.
ASM Troop 601
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