Re: HELP !!
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 4 Feb 1996 02:09:22 -0500
Somehow, I can't help but think that the five disruptive boys that are
all that remains of the Troop really have been denied the promise of
Scouting because there was nobody there for them to deliver. Their
bored, disruptive reaction may have been a way of saying "we've been
cheated - ain't fair you guys having fun." They've adapted by coming up
with their own program, which isn't much, but it is a start. If only one
sticks around and takes something from the experience, its worth asking
all five to stick around.
Ask 'em if they'd like to form up a venture crew and go somewhere
special, do something challenging; e.g. maybe a road trip to Raleigh to
watch some basketball followed by some special skills (normal to the rest
of us) development overnight at a State Park or nearby camp. Yeah, they
need some special attention and a place to do some developing without
getting embarrassed in front of the younger guys.
And there's nothing wrong with a Varsity Team forming out of the Troop
either. Could they take on the challenge of coming up with some tough
moves to show off on stage at a Scout show globe-trotters style? Well it
may not be the mainstream, but then again the focus is keeping them
interested enough to stay and develop character, citizenship and fitness.
Maybe a detour isn't a bad way to go. Who knows?
What would get these guys pumped up? Can you use it? Can you get them
back in the game with a purpose? Well I for one hope that you give it a
good try. Doesn't always work out, but there's not much harm in asking. :-)
Speaking Only for Myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
a/k/a Professor Beaver (WB), ASTA #2566, OA Vigil Honor '71, Eagle
Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
G.W.Dist., Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA - email@example.com
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