Eagle wanna-be Pt.2
LINDA K CLOSSEN (ZXRA59A@PRODIGY.COM)
Wed, 26 Feb 1997 12:11:59 -0500
My dear Scouter friends,
Thanks to all of you for your shared wisdom, insight, humor,
friendship, and knowledge.
Yesterday, I sat down with" Angry Wanna-Be" and shared with him
multitudes of your advice.
We were joined by a SA and member of the troop committee.
We review with him his past performance record.
Last week, his PLC members voted without exception to remove and
replace him as the SPL.
He had not completed his assignments or responsibilities as the SPL
the first term and they were not happy with his failure to perform
the second term.
The straw that broke the PLC's back was the fact that he failed to
call them until 20 minutes before the PLC meeting (after knowing it
himself for 2 weeks) and told them they were required to be there.
He himself did not show up until the meeting was taken over by the
ASPL and he had been voted out of his position.
I support their decision and you can not believe the change already
in how the troop is running under the hand of a 12 year old First
Class Scout who really wants the job. Wanna be is most happy in his
new position. One that is less demanding.
I took the suggestion of many who thought that making a contract with
I listed all of the requirements that needed to be completed and also
listed the requirements of his new Patrol Leader position.
We went over these from top to bottom.
I took the time to tell him that I have always been proud of him and
would be busting my buttons on the day that I was able to declare him
an Eagle Scout.
He was most quiet during the whole time, looking down at the ground
and not speaking. I tried to make is an important but calm meeting.
He agreed and understood upon what had to be completed. I told him
he had no time limit but his age. I signed the contract, He signed,
The SA's signed and it is up to him to get his parents signature as
he did not want me to speak with them. He will return two copies to
me and keep one for himself and one for his parents.
So, that's how I left it.
I feel as though there is a weight lifted from these red epauleted
I have handed it over to God and the Scout.
Thanks again for all of your support!
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Linda K. Clossen
Gerald R. Ford Council
Grand Rapids, Michigan
...I used to be sane...
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City