Re: Problems W/Webelos Den Leader
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 14 Nov 1997 22:05:47 -0500
Sooner or later you will have to talk with your Webelos Den Leader, if
you expect to see the situation change. And yes it is possible that she
may quit or threaten to do so. You've already described yourself as
working with three dens and hard put to do more. So it is natural to
worry about what would happen if you take the next step.
Maybe now is the time to step back and make an assessment of your own
role first and work on reducing your need to work with the other three
dens and be able to do more with the troubled den, if your worst fears
For each of the three dens you are working with, I would suggest you have
a parents meeting to talk about Cub Scouting. Give them sort of a fast
start training session. Explain how Cub Scouting depends on parent
involvement. Point out that all the things we are doing are the same
things you would like to do for your boy, if you had the time. We can do
these things cause we work together - more things than any of us could do
on our own. Now I need your help. I have to back out of some of the
work I'm doing - I'm spread way to thin. This den needs you to help out.
Could each of you take turns helping as an assistant for a meeting? Could
any of you do more? ... I would also encourage some one-on-one counseling
and arm twisting with a few of the ones that you think are the best
prospects. Try to get each of these dens working without the need for
you to be around on a regular basis.
Once you've helped others share in the opportunity of leading the boys,
you will have more time and energy to work on the problem Webelos den.
And if the leader steps down, you'll be able to take it on for a short
while all the time working to recruit new leaders to take your place.
When you talk with the Webelos Den Leader, you may have more success, if
you can compliment the good things that are going on and are seen more as
a friend than as an inspector general type. Are there things that can be
complimented and encouraged? Can you encourage more training or other
opportunities to interact with other adult leaders? Can you offer little
suggestions over a period of time to nudge her along? Can you persuade
her that she's working so hard she needs another assistant and recruit
one that will work towards allowing the boys to do more? Yeah, lotsa
questions. I'm just thinking out loud and wondering if there are things
that can be done to steer her in the right direction without her getting
her back up and quiting.
You have a tough situation and one that will challenge you no end. I
wish you the best of luck.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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