Re: Refusing Adult Membership
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Thu, 9 Oct 1997 11:22:02 -0400
Mike Sieber wrote, in part:
> There are two adult leaders from the folded Troop who want to
> Troop, they are continuing to argue and fight, putting me in the
> middle. We had a committee meeting last night to discuss it and one of
> those adults showed up unexpectedly, making it uncomfortable to talk
> about. Hence, not much was said on how to handle the problem.
Preliminary question: have these "leaders" been accepted? If not, the
answer to your immediate question is easy: just don't accept the
applications! If pressed for a reason, state that the "survivor" Troop
needs a breather period before it tries to add adult leadership.
It sounds as if they have been accepted, though, in which you will need
a reason to convince the CO to boot them before rechartering (at
recharter, you can simply refuse to reregister them).
Frankly, I'm surprised the presence of one of the "problem" leaders
caused a problem. In fact, I think what's needed is a real
"heart-to-heart" with the leaders, clearly identifying the problem,
refusing to get drawn into the "who's right" and instead focusing on the
"look what this is doing to the program." If one or both of the leaders
are willing to keep it on that level, I think a solution is possible.
If one or both refuse and continue the feud, I'd boot the
recalcitrant(s) and bar them from Troop functions until they are willing
to stop interfering with the program. Justification? With a Troop
recently folded for EXACTLY this kind of behaviour, it shouldn't be hard
to convince anyone that needs convincing that this must be dealt with
NOW, and DECISIVELY, or prepare for Fold, Part II, with YOUR Troop in
the starring role.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City