Re: Burning out
Roland Harding (rcthard@NETLINK.CO.NZ)
Thu, 10 Oct 1996 09:30:09 +1300
Boy, do I know how you feel. I too am in a very similar boat. Every few
years I start to suffer from 'burn out'. I have been involved in scouting
now for 10 years and give it my all. I have only missed 2-3 meetings in 10
years and have attended every camp and activity. I run the troop by myself
and again the committee are very supportive but are unable to find more
leaders for me. I found that in the last few months i have been having
difficulty coming up with new ideas and new games for the kids.
The way I always seem to be able to get around it is to take a holiday away
from scouts for a short period. I usually go overseas and spend some time
scouting over their (a few months was the last trip) and this rekindles my
fire for scouting.
However, I am single and can afford to do this. You on the other hand are
married with a very supportive wife and kid and i am sure this is not an
option for you. You need a break, plain and simple. Things wont suddenly get
If you keep going for much longer you will slowly begin to hate scouting,
strange as it may seem, you begin to wonder if it is all worth it.
No single person is a rock. You are beginning to stress out and as any
doctor will tell you, to cure the stress you need to remove the cause.
Another possibilty is to start visiting other troops and watching how they
run things. No 2 troops run exactly the same and I found when I could not
take a long break away from scouts that this helped somewhat. Also training,
go back and do you training again, in fact, that is what I am about to do. I
cannot afford to take a lot of time off work for a holiday but I do still
enjoy scouts but and beginning to burn out again. Training may give you a
fresh approach and fresh ideas.
I know that I have waffled a bit but I do feel for you. I think many of us
have gone through what you are going through and we each have coped a bit
differently from each other.
You either need a break away from the kids to revitilise the old batteries
or if you wish to stay you need new ideas and a new approach to keep you
interested. I get bored teaching the same stuff the same way every few years
so I always chop and change to keep me interested. Training really helps as
it allows you to talk to other leaders. Combined activities with other
troops etc etc etc
What ever works.
Hope that I have been of some help and not put you to sleep with this
message. Let us know how you go.
Merivale Scout Troop - http://www.netlink.co.nz/~rcthard/merivale.html
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