Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 21 May 1997 to 23 May 1997
Tony Preus (APREUS@BINGVMB.CC.BINGHAMTON.EDU)
Sat, 24 May 1997 05:44:02 ECT
Topic: 21 year old Cub leader.
Young, thus-far childless indeed unmarried, leaders are pretty common in our
Boy Scout troop; in my experience they are rarer in Cubs, thus the difficulty.
How do we get young adult leaders? Simple, from the ranks of Eagles who want to
continue their scouting activity. In two instances, we LOST a leader when he b
ecame a father- wife doubtless said that "you have so little time you are not w
orking, better spend it with your own kid rather than with somebody else/s". No
w one of those is back, after an eleven-year leave of absence, with his son as
Tenderfoot. He was in Cubs, obviously, for the previous 4.
Our current 21-year old is signed on as merit badge counselor and member of t
roop committee; I think he'll be a member of the staff of our conference summer
camp this summer too. We're delighted to have him with us; most of us adult le
aders are "way old" and thus at least potentially out of touch with some of the
concerns of the boys. I think that the boys really appreciate an adult leader
who is NOT one of the parents.
Tony Preus, troop 102 Johnson City, NY
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