The Great Basketball Mutiny
Storms, Randy (rstorms@BHAM.WEDNET.EDU)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 10:09:00 -0700
We are a brand-new troop, and until this week our meetings have gone
relatively smoothly: Wood Tools, First Aid, and Knots were all well
received and mostly enjoyed by everyone.
I was looking forward to last night's meeting, and I spent several hours
preparing what I thought would be an interesting skill (map and compass)
followed by a fun activity (The Scout "Beginner's Compass Game", wherein
you follow a series of compass bearings between marked stakes and gather
letters to make a "code" word). I arrived early and set it all up, then
ran a few series myself to ensure everything was correct.
When the Scouts arrived, all they wanted to do was play basketball.
They universally rejected the planned program, saying it was "lame".
They raced around and got wild, and the meeting fell completely apart.
The ASM said, "Let 'em go play basketball".
I said, "Let 'em join the Boy's Club if basketball is what they want. I
am here to teach Scout skills, and they are here to learn them. We
can schedule basketball for 15 or 20 minutes every few weeks, but I'm
not going to make it our entire meeting".
I understand that some activities will always be more popular than
others, but what do you do when faced with a mass uprising? Do you
throw away your meeting plan and do what the Scouts want to do? Or do
you go down with the ship?
T25 Blaine, WA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City