Re: Frustrated with M/B councilor
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 02:09:52 -0400
This Troop is cheating the Scouts of the opportunity to learn and grow by
attempting to run large groups through a factory process in the shortest
possible time. And the Scouts probably are all too aware that they are
not doing anything to merit awards, which means that the whole process is
probably regarded by them as something of a joke. There's not much honor
in getting an award you didn't earn. They may end up getting badges, but
they'll miss out on most of the benefits of the program.
Unfortunately, some unit leaders will never see the need to be trained
and never have a basic grasp of how the program is supposed to work.
These folks seem to have a higher rate of long-term failure and lead to
Your chartered organization should be interested in the quality of the
leaders it has selected. Perhaps the first place to start would be there
and by educating them as to the aims and methods of Scouting. If they
can understand the problem, they may step in and help.
If they are not interested, you can also enlist the help of your
commissioner staff. These "outsiders" can help nudge,counsel, and coach
leaders, but it is a slow process because they are not there to suplant
the leaders or to take over the jobs of the unit leader. If the unit
leadership rejects all opportunities to explore how to do a better job, I
would suggest considering affiliation with another unit.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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