Re: In it for the youth or the recognition?
Jim Peterson (jpeterson@TZNET.COM)
Thu, 18 Sep 1997 09:20:43 -0500
At 12:16 AM 9/18/97 -0400, Jeff Claggett wrote:
> Back when I was working with a troop on an Army post in Germany I
>noticed a trend among some of the parents. They were so hung up on making
>sure that they got their hours of volunteer work recorded for the
>'Community Appreciation' recognitions that were available.
Unfortunately, you will find these types of people wherever you go. People
often get caught up in the "how can this benefit me?" aspect of things,
instead of the "how can I help others" mode. I have seen Scouters with a
chest full of knots, yet they don't seem to be even a little bit interested
in working with the boys, except maybe to give an occasional lecture. They
do serve a puprose, though. These people usually serve in some nebulous
capacity such as "Assistant District Commissioner" and are usually willing
to go out and solicit donations for Friends of Scouting or something. I
think that the best approach to this type is to just tolerate them and try
to utilize their talents and interests in whatever way best serves the movement.
Advancement Chair, Boy Scout Troop 379, Blenker, Wisconsin
Cubmaster, Pack 379, Auburndale, Wisconsin
I used to be a "Singing" Eagle ... working my ticket C-8L-97
"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is the probable
reason why so few engage in it." - Henry Ford
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