Re: Committment V Overdoing
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Sun, 26 Nov 1995 20:38:36 -0500
When our Pack first started two men took on the Cubmaster and Ass't
positions. They attended basic training discovered the amount of work
involved and promptly quit the positions. The Cubmaster was filled later
by another Man for a while and a Mom took on the position of Asst. She
basically ran the pack till I came on as Cubmaster. She does a 90% great
job but, is not much for the paperwork or advance planning.
The point is some of us go into Scouts knowing what is involved and some
of us do not. Either way the commitment has been made and a certain
degree of follow-up must be made. If one joins up and is then
overwhelmed by it all GET SOME HELP. Tell the parents you need help and
generally one or two will come forward. Form a committee to run every
council and major pack event and oversee their work but don't do the work!
In Scouts I have always found I put the pressure to work on myself. I
have been in other volunteer organizations where pressure has been really
hefted upon me but, this has not occurred in Scouts. I was even recently
told I would not be allowed to take on a District position because I was
a Cubmaster and already had more than enough to do!
But, it is for the boys and it makes me feel good to improve our program
and help these kids. If I can help build a foundation in my own small
way to turn these kids (especially mine) into decent useful, caring citizens
then any amount of work will have been worth doing.
Jess Olonoff, CM Pack-206 | Eagle - 1970, T-10 Tulsa, Okla.
Riverglades Elem. - Parkland, Fla. | Ta-Tsu-Hwa - Ordeal '69, Brthrhd '70
Lighthouse Dstrct - S. Fl. Council | Scout in NYC-Brooklyn 61-66, Tulsa 66-71
"We just might all be right!" | Boca Raton 73-74, Parkland 94-?
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