Re: Cub Scouts need help - LP
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 02:16:54 -0500
Your heart is in the right place and your direction true. You are trying
hard to be there for the young fellows that want to have fun and who so
much enjoy being recognized when they accomplish something.
Sometimes a Pack will go through a period where one or two strong-willed
but misdirected leaders seem to be running things for their own benefit.
When this happens either there is a communication problem or they are not
doing things the right way - for the boys. In your case, it sounds like
When boys are of Cub Scout age, recognition needs to be as immediate as
possible to reinforce the good behavior, achievement, or growth that is
being rewarded. A boy this age will likely have forgotten why he got an
award for something that he finished several months before and it loses a
lot of its value. Likewise boys at this age are eager to have fun and
try things. There is no magic rule that says they can't begin earlier as
you have suggested.
You have a lot of good ideas. Do other parents share these ideas? Are
these parents willing to serve on the Committee and assume leadership
positions? If they are, then you may want to either try to help ease the
current leaders away or reduce their influence by outvoting them.
And if this doesn't work, you can also talk with your chartered
organization about how the Scouting program is working. Your Chartered
Organization's Representative has the authority to remove a committee
chairman, etc., if necessary. I can remember many years ago when my
father was an Institutional Representative (old name, same job as COR)
to a Troop that was run by two families for their benefit. The boys
weren't getting a good program, let alone a great program. When enough
parents were willing to take responsibility and be leaders, the
chartered organization gave the go ahead and he then fired the committee
chairman and Scoutmaster. It was painful and not something that I would lightly
reccommend, except as a last resort. Depends on how bad things are.
Sometimes you have to persevere in the face of hardship and nudge
progress along. Sometimes it takes a bit more. I wish you luck as you try
to make sure the Cubs in your Pack have the best possible program.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Dep.Dist.Commissioner-Training, G.W.Dist., NCAC, BSA (Virginia)
U. S. Scouting Service Project FTP Site Administrator (PC Area)
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