Re: Scoutmaster conference
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 13 Sep 1996 07:54:19 -0400
On Thu, 12 Sep 1996, JASON CRUSE wrote:
> The boy is currently PL of the new scout patrol. At first I thought he
> had some attention difficulties, but that does not appear to be the case
> (especially after reviewing his health history). The problem is lack of
> attention in meetings to the point of rudeness. Last evening's meeting
> brings up an example. We are preparing to do a JLT campout this weekend.
> In the middle of the review by the SPL of our trip, the boy simply got
> up, gave the SPL a disgusted look, and wandered out of the room. No one
> had said anything to him. Later, when we had about 15 minutes left in
> our meeting, he began audibly complaining about the length of meetings
> and asked when we would be done.
What are your meetings like? Are your scouts expected to sit still for
lectures from the SM and SPL? Do you break the meetings into 10-20
minute blocks of activities? Attention spans of adolescent boys are not
long, and he's already had 6 hours of lectures before he comes to the
scout meeting at night.
> My concern is about blatant disrespect for the other adult leaders, which
> is a recurring problem as well. I have some suspicions that this may
> come a little from home, because his mother does not like any of the
> assistants, or myself, for that matter. I believe, to some respect, that
> he only comes because "it is part of the church program" and is being
> amde to come. I hate that.
This is, perhaps, a consequence of having every boy in the congregation
registered as a scout. Not all boys like scouting. Sometimes, the
parents want a scout in the program more than the scout wants to be in
the program. Trashing the program becomes a way to act out at the
parents. A scout in another troop would be asked, in one way or another,
whether he wanted to be a scout. If the answer was in the affirmative,
then he'd be told to act like a scout. If the answer was negative, he'd
be asked to not come back. I suspect that you don't have the luxury of
asking him these questions and taking action accordingly.
> Unless you *want* to make this a public discussion (I don't particularly
> want to), feel free to respond to me privately.
I suspect that similar situations come up often enough that we can all
benefit from the discussion.
Paul H. Brown, WB 82-66
Roundtable Commissioner, George Washington District, NCAC
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