Re: Troop Politics
Kent Wilkins (orange-eagle@JUNO.COM)
Sun, 6 Oct 1996 18:12:16 PST
>answer was _over his dead body would HIS troop go anywhere without
While the Scoutmaster is to be commended for his dedication to the troop
commuting regularly to attend functions....the attitude that the troop is
coming on a bit strong. The troop, in accordance to policy belongs to
Organization, and to the Committiee. In the real world, the troop
belongs to All of the Adult Leaders, Active parents, and most of all to
By starting all camp-outs on Saturdays, you cut in half the number of
nights that a
boy can camp in a year ...and since it takes 20 nights to get the eagle
camping merit badge....he is making it harder for the boys to accumulate
All other considerations aside....you might get him to change his mind
about starting camp-outs on Fri. night by pointing out to him that he is
penalizing the boys in two ways by insisting on having this schedule
1. The aforementioned delay in qualifing for camping merit badge.
2. Does he really believe in Scouting and the Outdoor Program...if so
point out to him that by allowing other leaders to start the activity on
Fri. will DOUBLE the program.
If he does not respond to reason....tell him that the Troop Committiee
ownership and authority over the troop.....AND JUST START GOING FRIDAY.
He can either go along with the wishes of the committiee....or he can
No one likes to have a confrontation, especially with a dedicated
but the boys come first, and sometimes an adult has to go in order to
I urge the heavy-handed tactic only if reason and discussion fail...but
think of the
welfare of the boys first....are they better served by spending more time
or are they better off with less camping and with other fine qualities
that your Scoutmaster undoubtedly posesses.
Apology in advance for being long-winded.....but I feel strongly about
Outdoor Program that is as long, often, and strong as it can be.
Golden Spread Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City