Re: I'll take my ball and go home (long)
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 16 Apr 1997 19:00:33 -0500
You are correct in sticking by your guns.
I would have a talk with him about the ideals of the OA, and the rules
under which it operates. If he believes in the program, and believes in
fairness (which he hopefully does) he should see the truth in the matter.
I think he is letting emmotion cloud his objectivity, which has happened
to all of us at one point or another.
Maybe someone close to him might have a talk before you talk with him. If
he hears the truth from someone he thinks very highly of, and has some
time to reflect on it, he might be more receptive to what you have to
say to him in a later meeting.
If he is not receptive, then damage control would be advised. Write off
this year and hope to reclaim this troop through next years election.
Bridges can be very difficult to rebuld once burned.
It's sad that the boys always seem to be the casualties when adults cease
to behave like adults. Leaders lead through example. It sounds like
he's letting his boys down in more ways than one.
Good luck to you.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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