John E. Campbell (spectrum@IAG.NET)
Tue, 31 Oct 1995 09:28:00 EST
As one of the newest members of this list I'd just like to say hello and
offer a semi-brief introduction of myself. Well, not only am I new to this
list, I'm also new to Scouting. Last August my son's school sponsored a
Scout recruitment night and my son wanted to join. Knowing that I could use
some reinforcement in helping him develop some 'good old fashioned' American
values I thought it was a great idea! Unfortunately, I had no idea that they
would be asking for volunteers to lead the boys. I don't take my commitments
lightly and would have liked some time to think about it before hand. As it
was, by the time I decided that I could do it, someone else had already
volunteered so, I became Assistant Den Leader.
Whelp, that didn't last very long since the person who volunteered as Den
Leader didn't have quite the same commitment that I had. On one occasion he
didn't show up for a meeting (and didn't call anyone to cancel) and showed
up 30 to 40 minutes late for every other meeting. He felt the leader
uniforms were 'silly' and refused to wear one (which I felt was totally
unfair to the boys since they are asked to wear theirs). He also felt that
Boy Scouting was supposed to be fun and that the required paperwork was
(insert mediocre bad language here). Lastly, it was apparent that he did no
planing on the meetings since they had no structure what so ever. Not only
that, but after 6 meetings we had only said the Pledge of Allegiance once,
the Cub Scout Promise once, practiced our den yell twice, never took
attendance (neither of us knew all the boys names at the time and we only
have 6 boys!), and had absolutely no structured activities at all. I talked
to him on a couple of occasions about the meetings and he always agreed but
never followed through.
I know it may seem unusual for the BSA (er... Baby Sitters of ;-) ) but the
parents of each boy in our den always stay for the whole meeting! After a
few of the previously mentioned meetings the parents were becoming a bit
disgruntled. Since I was always there 10 minutes before the meetings were
SUPPOSED to start and I was always in full uniform (which I'm PROUD to
wear), I had to handle a lot of flack from the parents. Being an 'Assistant
Den Leader' put me in a position where I didn't feel it proper to just
interrupt the leader in front of the parents and the boys. Since it was
apparent that I couldn't get through to the leader I took the matter to our
Cubmaster. Fortunately, he was aware of the problem since a couple of the
parents had already contacted him. He then contacted the leader and arranged
a 'swapping of positions'. I'm now the Den Leader and he's the Assistant Den
Leader which seems to suit him just fine since he can now concentrate on
only the fun aspects of Scouting.
So far I've only lead 3 den meetings but in my and the parents opinions
they've gone extremely well. Pre-planning each meeting has made it fairly
easy especially since I keep my notes in front of me. ;-) I've been a
'computer' person delving into all aspects of computing for over 15 years.
Although I've been telecommunicating for over 12 years I only got onto the
Internet as of last July. I was THRILLED to find this mailing list and know
that both I and my boys will benefit greatly from it. I hope to be 'talking'
to y'all soon!
Thanks for 'listening'!
From: John E. Campbell
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