Selling Scouting Short
Michael Derleth (75112.1671@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Tue, 3 Sep 1996 09:28:31 EDT
With school beginning throughout the U.S. and inevitable schedule
choices looming, something Ian Ford said yesterday really struck
<I've been to meeting where the Committee tried to plan camping
<trips around sports, the eighth grade field trip, the band concert ...
<no, sorry ... We plan our program, the sports teacher plans his, the
<bandmaster plans his. Then the Scouts define their priorities. And if
<that means that Johnny can't advance because every night is taken
< up with sports, band and additional classes then that is his choice.
In my experience, Scout troops are much more flexible than many
other activities competing for a youth's time. This has caused me to
wonder if WE as leaders sell our programs short by always bending.
I'm not suggesting we throw a scout out for missing an activity,
instead be honest. Don't say "it's no problem" to miss something if
in fact it is. Be honest, without laying on a guilt trip. "it's important
for you to be here, Timmy, but if your other activity is more important
for you this time, we will make do somehow."
<...Scouts can see that the troop means business. Youngsters need
<to choose between priorities, and if it is always Scouting that backs
<down the Scouts are the losers.
I've long felt like Ian, but have not been able to express it as well.
ASM T3 Sterlington/Monroe LA.
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