Re: An Introduction... and a few questions.
Clayton J Hanson (wodencjh@JUNO.COM)
Wed, 20 Aug 1997 17:52:10 EDT
On Wed, 20 Aug 1997 10:30:10 -0400 (EDT) Randy Finder
>Great to see you on scouts-l. Let me start by saying I've never been
>west of Denver so I can't give you any advice on camping locations. :)
>For the possible SPL candidates, see if you can get them to JLT
>Leadership Training) The troops should have no problem with 2 of them
That's not the biggest worry, as one has been to POLARIS and the other is
on his way to either POLARIS, SOGUS, or District JLT this coming year (on
top of spending the last six months as my ASPL). I should have been more
clear, but I am *really* afraid of two things. One, they will crack
under the pressure of handling so many boys less than two years younger
than they (as I very nearly did at Camp Cooper during my first stint as
SPL when *everyone* was within two years of my age; I spent the entire
week listening to such witty sayings as,"Why should we listen to you?"
"What are you going to do to make us?", etcetera). Two, they will be
pushed around by the committee. Both are very respectful towards all
adults (not a bad trait!), so much so towards those that they view as
their superiors (in the managerial/militaristic/bureaucratic sense) that
they may not voice their objections strongly (or at all).
>As for the problems with the committee, I sounds like you do have one
>adult on your side. Can he suggest particular people who might react
>positively to pointing out specific places where the events do not
Well, this is being handled, as the Scoutmaster, the Advancement Chair
and I have already begun talking about it. This schedule, however, is
the Committee Chairman's private preserve in a very literal sense, as
many of the activities and the like were suggested by him, and he may
present some serious opposition to correction, as I am (to him) just a
"kid." In addition, he has a very cavalier attitude towards some
sections of Scout policy (especially Safety Afloat, which almost sunk a
canoe trip (pun somewhat intended) as he was unaware of the regulations
until it was almost too late to train our SM and bring in an adult friend
of mine who is National Pool and Waterparks Lifeguard), since he thinks
the rules haven't changed in the twenty years since he was a Scout.
>How close will you be to the troop in this next school year? Are you
>entering your senior year of HS, going off to College, or working?
I'm beginning my senior year at HBHS this year, however a lot of stuff is
about to hit me in the face (college and scholarship applications, in
addition to two merit badges and my Eagle Board) and that may interfere
in my involvement with my troop (I pray not).
Talk to you later...
Clayton Hanson, SPL Troop 343
Fort Vancouver District, Cascade Pacific Council
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