Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@ROCOCO.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 25 Oct 1995 14:13:53 MDT
Uri Cohen posted about lack of adult support
One thing I might suggest is talking to your Unit Commissioner or District
Executive about a source for new adults. Often times they will hear of
people coming into the area who are looking to serve as leaders, many times
these will be Eagle Scouts or people with a lot of scouting experience.
They can then put them in touch with your troop.
The other thing is that you need to get the parents of the scouts involved,
at least at the committee level. For BORs you at least need to be able to
get enough committe members together to make up the board (one isn't
enough). You didn't say how many boys are in the troop, but I don't think
it is unreasonable to ask that at least one parent for each boy is involved
either as a committee member, ASM, or something similar.
I think one way to actually get the adults to do the work is to ask the SM
to call a meeting of the adults involved with the troop (including the
parents), and then present to them what you need them to be doing. Outline
specific tasks, so that they know exactly what is needed of them and when.
Then remind them occasionally about what they're supposed to be doing.
Very similar to what you might do with a tenderfoot scout. Eventually the
adults will become more responsible (much like the tenderfoot does). It's
perhaps a bit of an extreme solution, but from your description I think the
adults in your group need something this extreme (and I think the term
adult is perhaps used a bit loosely, since from their behavior it isn't
Bear in mind that these solutions will probably need some tuning to deal
with your own situation. Good luck in whatever you wind up doing about the
problem, and my hat is off to you for being willing to put this much effort
into making your troop work.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City