Michael A. Golrick (mgolrick@SCLC.ORG)
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 10:22:43 -0400
Greeting Scouts and Scouters:
Allen Maddox wrote:
>Right off the bat. The biggest obstacle I have is parent participation (
>the lack of), i.e. no commitment for Ass. Scoutmasters (the real
>backbone). Any suggestions? And the lack of formal training by some
>committee members. How do I convince them it's not just for me?
Our Troop has had a tradition of asking every parent to at least
occasionally attend the monthly Parents Meeting, and volunteering to take
on one task. As the new Committee Chair last fall, I took the list of jobs
(with a Troop of 60+ it is long) and did not adjorn the September meeting
until all the slots were filled. I told Parents, be there or you may get a
job you do not want. I also made clear *before the meeting* that this was
my agenda nad plan. [I did learn this from my predecessor and from other
Now, as SM this is NOT your job. It IS the job to the Committee Chair (MY
job). You need to have a chat with yours. The Committee's job is a support
function .. do what is necessary for the scouts to have the program. The SM
and ASM are to provide guidance.
Now I will admit, in Troop 68 we are not real careful about drawing the
line between Committee Member and ASM. We officially have about 6 ASMs and
40+ MCs. Many of the MCs are former socuts and parents who wish to maintain
the tie. Many are Eagles. They are a good source of inspiration, advice and
occasional help. The *active* committee is about 20 (or so).
Some of this will probably develop more after this fall when 2 or 3 of us
do Wood Badge (I am one) the only very active WBer is the District Chair
who earned his Beads last year as a Cub trainer. A previous SM is a WBer,
but he hasn't been very active in recent years.
Hope this helps
CC, Troop 68, Trumbull CT (St. Theresa's RC Church), Fairfield County Council
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