Re: NEEDED OPINIONS!!!
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Mon, 27 Nov 1995 12:14:38 -0500
I am just beginning to lay more responsiblity on the girls (4th grade
Juniors). Notes go home through the girls- half of the time they write
notes to themselves during the business part of the meetings. Other
times I have pre written notes to go home-especially if I need permission
slips sent home. Parents also know that they can call either myself or
my co-leader if they ever have ANY questions. We set deadline for
signing on to projects/trips where pre planning is required, yet we still
have girls that don't ever call when they're supposed to...and yes we
have left some behind, we try to make accomodations when possible.
BUT the time and energy to accomodate is done by the girl/parent. I am
learning that some of the girls are going to need to miss A LOT of
activities until they learn to call by deadlines. But I have mixed
emotions about pushing it, because I also feel it is these same girls
that can benefit most from the scouting program. Then I look at my
daughters Senior Troop (10 girls), and listen to the leader complain that
there are 2 girls that invariably never call or cancel at last second,
and I wonder if this is where my troop is headed if I continue to allow
plans to be altered to accommodate those who simply lack the courtesy to
call by deadlines.
However, If I were you, I'd sit down and have a discussion with my
co-leader (husband or not) and come to some kind of agreement on how this
situation will be handled in the future. The arrangement my co-leader
and I came to, is that we will allow the girls to join us, but only if
they make the necessary arrangements, because we feel we had done our part.
Also hopefully, after making the necessary arrangements enough times they
might learn to call on time.
Junior Troop 401 / Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council
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