Are We In It For Ourselves?
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Thu, 20 Feb 1997 13:39:00 EST
Marc expressed concern about Scouters who are apparently
in it for themselves. I'd caution about being too hard on us
First, we are all human and need to know that our efforts are
appreciated - even when our first concern is for the boys.
Never forget to thank the parents and other adults for their
time and effort.
Most units, including my own, need additional adult leaders
to be too picky about their motivations. There are many
reasons and combination of reasons for volunteering our
time to Scouts. All are welcome and we can use even more.
I even inherited a few adults who did not participate AT ALL
when I first became Scoutmaster. They just wanted the
membership card and to rack up lots of continuous years
of service without doing anything. Because of things they
had done for the troop in the past I was advised to make too
big of a deal about keeping them on the roster. I kept them
on, but I also got some work out of them teaching boys,
being merit badge counselors or just doing maintenance
on the Scout hut.
Let's not make any adult feel guilty about accepting an
award or thanks for doing a good job. Public appreciation is
not just for the honored adult. It's also a lesson by example
for the boys and a way of encouraging other adults to become
active by seeing how much there is to do. Also, we should
avoid feeling superior if we are in it just for the boys and turn
down awards or decline to accept praise. A polite person
cheerfully accepts compliments from others.
Peter M. Murphy :: firstname.lastname@example.org
SM T125, TC P125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City