Re: When is it time?
Doug Roach (djroach@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Fri, 30 May 1997 20:47:04 -0400
Gary McBain wrote:
> When is it time to look for a different troop?
> 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"
> Is it time when all the junior leaders, the SM, and one ASM, disappear > after dinner to play euchre for the rest of the evening in another cabin
> Is it time when the parents constantly call one ASM because they can't
> find out what is going on any other way?
> ... no consideration on wheither it has anything to do with the scout > program?
> Is it time when none of the older boys come to any troop activity > anymore?
> Gary McBain, ASM
> Troop 254 Sterling Hts MI
> "and a good old Fox too" (in training)
> a 100% Scouting Family
First... I presume you have a son in this Troop. Is HE having a good
time? Is HE benefitting? (Not your perseption...his.)
Second. Are there Troop committee meetings? Have you and/or any others
raised these issues forcefully with that group? (The first time you're
branded a malcontent and unknowledgable rookis... the next time you
become a major irritant... the NEXT time they get fed up enough to say
"So, you think you could do a better job??" To which you reply...
Third. Have you had a sit-down with the Chartering Organization Rep?
Hey, guy... you've been to woodbadge. Let the COR AND the Troop
Committee know how it's SUPPOSED to work and offer to SHOW them.
Give your son's patrol a good training session and then have them take
over the next campout with imagination, talent and disciplined Scouting
At THAT point, you'll get somebody's attention if only the boys.
Which is what it's all about.
Look for a new Troop??? Sounds like a cop out. (No disrespect... not
having been in your precise shoes.)
Lastly, What the heck is euchre???
SA Troop 10 - South Florida Council - Miami
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