Re: Don't Succomb to Scouter Burnout
Ted Burton (tedbrtn@CYBERHIGHWAY.NET)
Tue, 28 Nov 1995 16:33:20 -0700
>re: "But nobody else will do it"
>I, too, found out how untrue this is.
When I took my present job, my ability to continue as Scoutmaster was badly
impacted. I now had evening meetings two or three nights of every week with
the City, one of which conflicted head-on with the regular Troop meeting.
We changed Troop nights and lost a couple of boys. Sixty hours a week with
the City left me pretty bummed. It wasn't working.
Well I quit as Scoutmaster because I was not being one. My assistants
floundered, membership slipped. But one Woodbadge course later yet another
adult who was hanging back when I was SM is now the SM and the boys are
You have to do these things, and either the Committee, the Charter partner,
a father, the Creator, or whomever, will in fact come to the rescue. As D.
Eagle rep I can always find time to squeeze a Scout in to review his
project. As a Troop Committee member and Charter Rep for the Post I
concentrate on finding youth-relevant adults to do I what I used to do, and
on defending boy-leadership. As Chapter Advisor I am struggling to stay
afloat; it may also have to be yielded up to another, but that is touchier,
as I am the only active OA adult for 100 miles around.
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