Re: Scout Problems
Madison B. \ (Achgegetum@AOL.COM)
Fri, 29 Nov 1996 13:58:59 -0500
Terry Slade wrote:
<< I am a Scout Leader. Plain and simple. I am not a nurse maid, a
Doctor, or a shrink (I can't spell Psycologist). I do not have the time to
spend with just one boy while the others go un-attended. With between
30 and 80 boys on a campout or at a meeting, I refuse to baby sit some
problem child. It is hard enough to teach the boys with out having to be
a prison guard.
If we have problems with a scout and he refuses to obey, we call his
mommy or daddy and tell them to come get their little monster. Unfair to
the boy you say. TOUGH!!!! It is unfair for me to take time away from
the others that are willing to sit still and learn. You would be
how fast the semi-problems come around when the real problem is
removed. Never threaten to send them home, just one major warning
and they are out of there.
As a SM for 8 yrs and a ASM for 8 others I disagree. First, with 30 to 80
Scouts on a campout, you should have plenty of other adult help so they
aren't left alone. Second, I've always believed that the one Scout who
doesn't seem to "fit" in the beginning is the reason for me (or another
trained Scouter) being there. He is the one we may make a difference
with---the others will at least muddle though and have a fun time doing it.
An attempt at Counseling, a pat on the back, someone to have a genuine
interest in the Scout's success can make a difference. That difference has,
and continues to, be my greatest reward in Scouting.
Rex Cole (Achgegetum@aol.com)
DesPlaines Valley Council, IL
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City