Graceful Retirement from Active Scouting
Keith Sutton (ksutton@U.WASHINGTON.EDU)
Fri, 15 Nov 1996 15:24:08 -0800
We had a great Pow Wow in the Chief Seattle Council last weekend.
Afterward at a gathering of instructors I started talking to a man that
has been active in this council for 50+ years about who we saw again and
who was missing at this year's Pow Wow. He started by saying "I was
surprised we didn't see XXXXXXXX this year." I replied that said person
was all set to participate as an instructor again this year but X, Y and Z
happened, he had bad feelings about it, and thus decided not to
As the person I was talking to and myself are both involved in Friends of
Scouting (FOS) and Sustaining Membership Enrollment (SME) he kind of
smiled and said, "You know, I wish there was a more graceful way someone
could retire from active Scouting. It seems that they either stay active
or they go away mad." He then referred to the people he calls for SME
contributions and the burning stories he hears.
My question to the list is this, "Has anyone been successful in coming up
with a graceful way that one could retire from active scouting?" The more
people I thought about who are no longer active seemed to have left either
because their kids grew up and their interest likewise went away, they
died, or they just went away mad because of someone or something.
YiS, Keith Sutton Chief Seattle Council
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