Ronald W. Fox (ronfox@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sat, 13 Dec 1997 23:48:59 -0600
My coach/counselor (Chuck Rummel, for the DPVC'ers) signed off on my
ticket, so it's official! My ticket items all were based on getting
the Scouting program up and running with my new Troop: for those of
you who don't know, Assistant Scoutmaster Bob Fierke and I started up
a brand new Troop made up of our sons, 6 of their friends from their
Webelos Den, 3 Scouts who had graduated from another Pack the previous
year and had not joined a Troop, and one young man who had never been
in Scouting (and who is now our Senior Patrol Leader).
My ticket items included becoming a Scoutmaster, earning the Quality Unit
Award, running Troop Junior Leader Training, and performing a service
project for our sponsoring institution. We've had the Scouts out for
6 weekend campouts, 2 hikes, and 3 service projects since March, and
as long as I pay attention to what they seem to want to do, have them
plan as much as they can, and give them the outdoor program, we seem
to have success. There's been a fair number of problems, but I don't
want to dwell on them. Over the last year, I've learned that I need
to cultivate patience and to realize that the boys need to grow into the
program and their roles.
The other issue has been to make sure that I involve my Assistants more
in the program itself. He originally wanted to leave the program to
me, and concentrate more on the logistical end, but I am getting him
into the program itself. He's developed a proficiency in Dutch oven
cookery, which I am encouraging, mostly by stepping back and having
him work with the Scouts in it. He's stepped forward in another area
recently, so I have high hopes.
Anyway, time and date of the bead presentation are TBA: I'll get back
to you all then!
Scoutmaster, Troop 69, Des Plaines Valley Council (W&SW Chicago Suburbs)
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