Re: Troop needs help
John Conley (iti@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Tue, 9 Dec 1997 14:27:27 -0800
cameron mulder wrote:
> I am a asst. scoutmaster in a young small troop. I just got back from
> our last meeting and it was insane.
> We are trying to let the kids run the show, and the Senior Patrol Leader
> does well in planning the meetings but when we have our meetings we have
> some many problems with discipline that it makes the meeting no fun. So
> what should we do?
The troop JLT you are planning should help a lot. An additional
thought: It sounds like your scouts may be at the very early stage
of self-leadership where they don't realize yet the benefits of good
self-leadership, or conversely, the disadvantages of bad. This is a
long-winded way of saying that you might need to let them see some
successes and, just as importantly, some failures brought about by their
planning and teamwork, or lack thereof.
Another possibility if your scouts are really young, like 11: Kids at
this age sometimes have trouble visualizing a completed complicated
project. That is, if you tell him to clean his room and he says,
"I did" when it is still a mess, he may not be defying you. It may
be that he just can't visualize what the room should look like when
it is "done". Try breaking down complicated tasks into smaller chunks
(put your laundry in the hamper, and your toys on the shelf) and see if
Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*
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