Re: Troop Politics
P Murray (pjm@WORLDRAMP.NET)
Sun, 6 Oct 1996 10:57:50 -0400
>At a recent Committee meeting, a question was raised about members of the
>committee, concerned parents and SA's taking the boys out on Friday afternoon
>and him coming out to meet us at his lesiure Satyrday. The basic gest of his
>answer was _over his dead body would HIS troop go anywhere without him_.
I think you should have a heart to heart with this man, not only
about what his role as SM really is (NOT a babysitter) but about the reality
of his schedule.
I work six (sometimes seven) days a week, usually ten hours a day
for Goodyear as a service manager. I normally get 1 Saturday off every
month, and I set it up to coincide with the biggest Pack activity. I simply
can not make every event (although I haven't missed a campout) and many many
times I have to show up late. Do the boys miss out??? Not on your life! We
have many many volunteers who fill in the gaps, and many of them do a better
job than I ever could hope to do.
This has many benefits for the Pack, not the least of which is in
training CubMasters to be and helping them to be more committed to the Pack.
It also stops me from being too much into the personal recognition trap. I
do this for the boys (especially my son) and NOT for me. There are many
adults out there who's sole purpose in scouting is based on showing the
whole world that they are a "Super-Scout". They need to re-assess their
personal goals as a leader and realize that scouting is for the boys...
It would even be good for him to see how the tropp functions without
his organizational skills. It would surely put more "pressure" on the senior
patrol leader, if he know that the General, er SM, were going to inspect the
camp site prior to setting his own up. In fact, he could really have fun
with this concept.
AKA "Goodyear Pete", Hey you!, Mr. Cubmaster,
and the "Professor of Cooking"
Cub Master & Tiger Organiser of Mighty Pack 230, Apopka, Fl
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