Re: Burning out
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 14:35:12 -0500
At 06:50 AM 10/9/96 -0600, you wrote:
>The problem that I have is, within the Troop we have very little parental
>support, (you may remember me asking for advice on that topic) and very
>little Troop Committee members....
>however, my enthusiasm for meetings and campouts is dwindling fast.
>. I feel as if I'm at my ropes end, unable to continue, frustrated...
This may be a way to get all the parents together; I've never tried it but
I've been told that it works.
Write a letter to parents with wording something like "a problem has come up
concerning your son's involvement in the Troop--we need to meet on -----
date & time (it would work best if you get the head of your Chartered
Institution to do this). Don't respond to the calls from parents that come
in; just say that you'll have to wait until the meeting to discuss the
matter. This may seem drastic but it sounds like you need to do something
dramatic just to get the parents there.
Then, when you have them all together present your case. Say that you've
about had it. Have a list of specific jobs that need doing -- no vague
pleas for help. Tell them that you require involvement in some aspect of
Troop program from every family (the only ones I would let off are those who
are active in another Scout unit). If someone claims they are too busy find
some small task for them to do; perhaps coordinating an annual activity or
project. Everyone has their talents; if someone doesn't camp they can do
some support work.
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
311 N. Spring St. Outside of a dog, a book is
Beaver Dam, Wisc. 53916 man's best friend. Inside of
(414) 887-4631 (fax 887-4633) a dog it's too dark to read.
Scoutmaster, Troop 736
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City