Re: How do we handle former CC?
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 8 Mar 1996 22:47:25 -0500
Sadly, some adults behave worse than the youth and your former Committee
Chair (CC) seems to be a case in point. You and your committee have done
the best thing for the Scouts and though it may be hurtful to have her
lurking about back-biting, it is time to get on with providing a great
program for the Scouts you have. With the passage of time she and her
complaints will be forgotten as you move forward.
The Scouts do not need to know the details of her departure. I'm a firm
believer that it is much better for a unit not to have adult leaders
making disputes public in front of the Scouts - it detracts and sends
confusing messages. Likewise, there is no reason why the parents need to
know more than they already know.
As to the Commissioner - talk with your DE and ask him to host a meeting
with your new CC and the District Commissioner, ADC, and UC. Explain to
them the program and planned activities of the Troop. Invite them to
come see for themselves how the Troop is doing and to offer advice based
on their experience. Let them know you are trying your best to deliver
the promise and ask how they can help. If discussion moves to the old
CC, simply tell them that it was the committee's decision that the move
was in the best interests of the Scouts and is not up for discussion, you
are only interested in moving forward, will they help you or not? This
ought to convey to them that your folks are not the problem without
saying as much. A willingness to be open and request for help are hard
to turn down, if these folks are kind of good Scouters with the interests
of the Scouts at heart. I suspect they'll quickly figure things out.
This way you avoid getting into a lose/lose situation.
An argument doesn't last very long, if you refuse to participate.
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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