The Dreaded Phone Call...
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 13:13:19 -0400
Last night I came home from a meeting (nothing to do with Scouts) to find a
message on my answering machine from the COR for a troop that I am UC of.
This man is a personal friend as well. Prior to my move to Chicago I had
been an ASM for this troop.
I was told there was a troop committee meeting last night and my pressence
was requested, both as someone involved with the troop and as a
commissioner. It seems the SM has to step down because of job pressures.
Since moving back I knew they were struggling along with virtually no boy
leadership and a SM overburdened by his job, so this was not too unexpected.
The message went on to say that I may be asked to be SM if the other person
the Committee asked said "no."
Needless to say, by the time I came home from my lodge meeting (not OA),
it was too late to go to the committee meeting. I called the COR (who was
not yet home) and left a message.
Half hour later, I got the dreaded phone call. In the tradition of Bloom
County's Meadow Party (anyone remember that comic strip?), I was nominated
to be Scoutmaster. I have not yet said yes.
It was felt I was a good candidate because I know how things should be run,
am fully trained, have about 16 years' Scouting experience (boy and adult),
and at 33 (and still a bachelor) can still relate to the youth without too
much trouble. However, my personal life is a bit of a mess now, as I am
without a career at present and my job cannot be permanent since I cannot
live on what I am being paid unless I was to become independently wealthy
from other sources.
I already know I will need lots of help for the outings, and should have
it... that has been made perfectly clear. I also said, I don't want the
change of command to officially happen until January for purely personal
All that aside... should I say yes? What should I expect different from
what I know? Yes, I've been an ASM, Chapter Adviser, ADC, etc... and have
done all the training, but advice from those who sit in the hot seat for
this likely new SM is needed! Theory and looking in from the outside is
vastly different from actually holding the job. What say you all?
I used to be a buffalo (SR-92) but will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City