When is it time?
Gary McBain (GMCBAIN@MAIL.HENRYFORD.CC.MI.US)
Fri, 30 May 1997 11:13:07 -0400
When is it time to look for a different troop?
Is it time when one realizes that there are no junior leaders who have
been trained and/or mentored to lead the troop or mentor the younger
boys? Is it time when the junior leaders' idea of a troop activity on a
camp out is a euchre tournament? It is time when the SM and a couple of
ASMs agree with them? Is it time when after being in the troop for over
a year, one realizes that the disorganization of the troop which was
explained as being a result of re-organization when one joined is still
going on and is in fact the standard operating procedure of the troop?
Is it time when for over a year, one has been trying to get an idea of
what is in his son's account only to be told "we're still working on it"
each time? Is it time when, during the very first campout with the new
scouts, all the junior leaders, the SM, and one ASM, disappear after
dinner to play euchre for the rest of the evening in another cabin and
leave one ASM and 5 new fathers to contend with the rest of the troop?
Is it time when all the parents of the boys from the last 2 years who
crossed over into the troop constantly call one ASM because they can't
find out what is going on any other way? Is it time when the troop has
grown from 32 to 55 boys in just over a year? Or is time when the troop
is likely to get another 12 boys at the next Webelos crossover? Is it time
when the troop does the exact same thing at the exact same time each
year with no consideration on wheither it has anything to do with the
scout program? Is it time when, despite putting on a JLT, neither the
junior leaders nor the adults leaders know what the patrol method is?
Is it time when none of the Eagles or any of the older boys come to any
troop activity anymore?
When is it time to look for another troop?
Gary McBain, ASM
Troop 254 Sterling Hts MI
Clinton Valley Council
"and a good old Fox too" (in training)
a 100% Scouting Family
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