Re: Burning out
Wed, 9 Oct 1996 10:33:22 -0400
Hi, I hear what you are saying. I went through it several years ago.
Our Troop had 33 scouts at the time.
My suggestion worked for me but it probably is not the ideal solution.
Before I tell you what I did, remember . . . your family comes first
along with your sanity and health. I learned the hard way that I
could not do it all.
What I did is to make contacts with other Troops who would take my son
and I (I told these Troops that I would be trying to fix the problem
but if I couldn't, would we be welcome?) I then told the parents at
the beginning of the next COH that I needed help and if I did not get
parents to sign up that night, I would be leaving the Troop at the end
of the following month. I went on to tell them of all the training
available and the help I and other scouters would give them (and they
did not need to know how to camp, just be willing to spend some time
with the scouts.) Three very tentative dads signed up that night.
Scouts saw the dads of other scouts in uniform and by the end of that
following month our Troop had 5 new ASMs and 3 new committee members.
YISOY for 13+ years and still going,
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Author: Mike Sieber <sieber@SCTC.COM> at Internet
Date: 10/9/96 6:50 AM
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. All of the members of the Troop Committee
are doing their *very* best to ensure that I am given the help that I need,
however, my enthusiasm for meetings and campouts is dwindling fast.
I have not missed a regular Troop meeting in 2 1/2 years and have made
every one of this years campouts... I feel as if I'm at my ropes end,
unable to continue, frustrated...
Michael R. Sieber, SM T142
Indianhead Council #295
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City