Removing a leader
David F. Delman (Delman01@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 3 Oct 1997 13:56:12 -0400
<Ref: Thu, 2 Oct 1997 01:05:17 Patrick J Heller <t123sm@JUNO.COM>
I am sorry for your scout troop's predicament and wish you all better tim=
First My Keyboard Philosophy =
All advice depends upon the people involved, their motivations,
their ability to individually or together overcome small or major hurtle=
Normally things don't look as bad as you depict so some of my advice
will seem harsh. Yet to be quite honest situations like yours are hard =
since adult accountability for adult positions held has always been a =
problem in our society and history. It is easy to be accountable when
giving awards and much harder when criticizing, or firing. Usually
there are only a few adults who can tackle the problems you describe =
and have everyone comeout reasonable winners and still somewhat friends.
Even these great arbitrators fail quite often.
Advice points (visualizing the scenario as I do)
1>Pick up and move time IS HERE
It is time for everyone to choose to move to another troop on their own =
and for their own reasons. What's left of a troop is left. I would rathe=
r a =
family and boy stay in scouting in another troop than have to have him l=
the troop adult strife you are and will be dealing with.
He and scouting loses too much to stay and "Duke it" out.
As Steven Covey and others have said "Put First Things First" =
i.e. Scouting for the Boys in a Scouting Environment as described
in the Troop Committee GuideBook.
If you keep fighting this type of a battle you will find everything else=
starts coming first rather than scouting for the boys which is sad for =
Murphy said "When you start out doing something something else comes fir=
2>Unit Commissioners Guide to Field Service
Has a good section about Removing a Leader.
Go to your Council and Buy or Borrow a copy.
Find out who your Unit Commissioner is and put him/her to work.
Go to your Council RoundTable and discuss the issue with others
who might be able to assist. Gently remind that that you are asking the=
"To Do a Good Turn". Read the ScoutHandbook in the back and you will
see why I say be gentle. Most of us fail each day at all our opportunit=
There are troops in our land and there have been treads on this list th=
have dealt with this situation. I believe a few of our EMT's gave some =
good tips. If you choose to stay search the archives this year and you =
will find some good advice on techniques when dealing with HIV. =
N>Council "Paid Executive" Sad Note
I am sorry to say your Council is as un "pro-active" as you describe.
This is also quite common. You will find you have to lead them to get
them to help or to give better advice. Council Executives are not measu=
nor advanced on Solving Problems nor the SM, or SS so they do what it =
takes to survive, and then do the best they can as a scout to lend a ha=
YiS, IMHO, and may we each attempt to live the SO,SL,SS,SM
Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Susquenango Council=
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