Re: The Dreaded Phone Call...
John Conley (iti@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Thu, 4 Sep 1997 11:14:25 -0700
John Pannell wrote:
> All that aside... should I say yes?
You got lots of good advice already from others on the list. I would
suggest paying particular attention to their advice regarding getting
plenty of help.
Also, only you know about the balancing act required to do justice to
both your personal life and the troop.
Having said that, I wanted to tell you a little about my experience.
I've had a few jobs in Scouting, mostly SM, Commissioning, and training.
Care to guess which holds the fondest memories? Here are a few of mine:
SM: Waking up at dawn and watching the mist rise around your canoe from
a cold Adirondack lake, in the company of some fantastic young people.
Watching a "handicapped" kid accomplish more than anyone ever expected
from him. The sincere thanks of a Scout who finished a tough climb to
Commissioning: Attending meetings. Working to save a troubled unit.
Mediating a dispute between an irate parent and an irate unit leader.
Don't get me wrong, Commissioning and other District and Council jobs
are important and have their own rewards. But IMHO, there is NO more
important or rewarding job in the movement than SM.
Be honest with yourself about whether you can do justice to your
personal situation and the troop at the same time. If you can, go
for it. I've never met a SM who hated the job.
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City