Re: Don't Succomb to Scouter Burnout
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 28 Nov 1995 06:21:11 -0500
re: "But nobody else will do it"
I, too, found out how untrue this is.
When I left NC last month several immportant things then became
"leaderless". We had to cancel at least two events because there was no one
else to do them.
Well... after a DE played dumb about having been told of my moving (another
issue... don't get me going... *g*), the District Committee and some
"concerned" Scouters got together and salvaged one of them. (Our district
Merit Badge College)
The other remained cancelled. But since it was a fundraiser for the OA
lodge run for 17 years by my chapter and the lodge had about $50,000 in the
bank (!) -- again, don't get me started... *g* -- I don't consider it to be
a high priority. It was an event that "tradition" and not need dictated it
In both cases, I failed miserably to have an able assistant -- "no one" was
interested -- but once "no one" was doing it help was immediately available.
I also went through this as a Scout. My dad was SM for one of the troops I
belonged to. He commuted about 2.5 hours each way to a job in NYC but could
get little to no help because all the other parents either "had to commute
to work" or were "too tired from their commute"! Well, dad became ill and
could no longer be SM. The troop folded because of it. Amazingly (sarcasm
intended) those who couldn't help restarted the troop within the year!
(We were very bitter over the whole situation and never became involved with
them again. This ended up being one of the reasons my mom forbade my
younger brothers to be in Scouts!)
The moral of all this is: If people care about what you are doing, they
*will* help, and perhaps if no one cares, then maybe it does not need to be
done (like a fundraiser for a wealthy lodge!).
Unit Commissioner, Three Fires Council, IL
I used to be a buffalo... (SR-92, working ticket)
...but I will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City