Re: The Great Basketball Mutiny
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 21:27:40 -0400
You left some key points out that would help us give you answers. The
three that come immediately to mind are:
What was your position? SM, SPL, Instructior, Dad?
Did the PLC ask for this instruction? Did they approve it, and if so
after how much "encouragement?"
What was the role of the SPL in this exchange?
If this was a PLC approved program, there are times when Spring Fever
hits and it's appropriate to blow off the planned meeting. This, for
me, is a once or twice a year event. Sometimes I'm surprised at the
boys attitude, other times I expected it and wait to see how the PLC
will deal with the collision of reality and their unrealistic plan.
If it wasn't PLC generated training/program, then you got a normal
response. Boys want to play, and given the chance they will opt for
it. I can usually drive them back to the program IF THEY HAVE
OWNERSHIP. It's a boy run Troop, and they have control of the program,
but they must use the structure at hand and obey the Law. A Scout who
disregards all of the hard work and preparation that goes into a period
of instruction is not acting within that Law. I rarely have trouble
asking: "What was the plan, why are you changing the plan, is that
best, was that our agreement," and other relevant, non-demanding
questions. The answers bring the PLC back to the proper path.
It is important that the PLC plans instruction and program to achieve or
support an activity or goal. The boys can select from Woods Wisdom the
activites that THEY feel will be fun (not lame). I make them pick and
note them on the meeting plan in case the PLC is underrepresented when
the Troop has to execute their plan. Even when these activities go bust
because of poor prepatation or execution, they go over much better than
a well run, but "lame" adult generated activity. Having a tangible goal
for the activity allows me more leverage to keep them on track and
provides a better topic for PLC discussions regarding "How are we doing?
I use more adult instruction than other SM's on this list. I do so
because I want the boys to use all of the resources availible to them
(they have to make the arrangments, choose the topic, describe what they
want the instruction to cover and ask the instructor), and it sets a
higher standard for the boy run classes. My Troops are all Military and
usually lack continuity and experience so I'm always rebuilding.
I hope that I'm not off point ar making assumptions. If so, please
respond and give me more details.
Remember, have fun, and if the boys, are you're probably doing OK.
MCB Quantico VA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City