Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Wed, 25 Oct 1995 14:11:42 -0400
In your message of 25 Oct 1995 at 1118 EDT, you write:
> I need some help. As I have said, I am the SPL of my troop. ONe of the
> many problems with the troop is that we have virtually no adult support.
> I need some help in how to motivate the adults to work. I cannot run the
> troop all by myself.
> Am I out of line saying these things?
> Needing help,
> Uri Cohen
Uri, You are absolutely on the money in expressing your frustrations.
Where are you located? I congratulate you on keeping it together. For
once I am at a loss for words as you express a frustration expressed
by many a SM. It is a fine line between the troop being a boy run
organization to being an abandoned organization. Recruiting adult
leaders is a time consuming and lengthy process. In our case I will
begin working on recruiting an adult 6 - 12 months before I want to
get him to sign. It all starts with a casual conversation. It works
up to invitations to observe their son's grow and to enjoy watching
them (with no commitment). Gradually we ask them to help with a minor
task that takes only a few minutes..hold this, watch this, mail
this...you get the point. After a while the tasks grow and before he
knows it he is in working full time. We grow the job on him. After a
while we adk him to help counsel a minor merit badge such as home
repairs and 'oh yes' we need for you to register to make it legal.
In a year, he is on board as a leader and'how about going camping with
a few adults as we attend leader training'. Thats the long way of
doing it. I've also done it the short way. Years ago we had a cub
pack with lots of scouts and no leaders. We called a mass meeting with
the scouts and their parents and laid it on the line. BSA does not
mean Baby Sitters of America (Old Old Line). Folks we said, ' no
parents, no pack and you explain it to your son sitting next to you
why its too tough for you to help him'.
I don't envy your situation and I look forward to other ideas that
folks have on how to do this one.
Steve in Newark
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