Youth problems vs. adults problems
Steven Featherkile (EC92@AOL.COM)
Mon, 16 Feb 1998 17:27:28 -0500
The whole change in Exploring brings up a very good topic.
As a SM it was easy, there were the youth problems that we allowed them to
handle and there were the adult problems where the kids couldn't change what
the adults decided. And if the kids tried to make an adult problem a kid
problem we almost always had trouble and thats when and why we came up with
"the SM says". If it came up at PLC but it was obviously something for adults
we had a rule: SM says "adult", youth forget it and work their own work; if
committee started something and SM says "youth", adults drop the topic for
discussion. I was arbiter, there was no argueing when I decided it wasn't the
topic of either group. Life was simple, for the most part, and it was good.
Now I am in a dilemma. I'm Post Advisor. MY YOUTH do everything. Heck, the
youth had the information from Mike before I even turned on the computer
during the weekend. Besides Mike's cross-posts I had a few extra copies of it
floating around in my weekend mail. This is obviously an "adult" topic - the
change has been set by adults and is being planned by adults and I hope
they're listening to their youth Region and National officers for opinions.
Will the Post and Area youth change it? No. Will their discussing it help them
understand it? No. Should they be the ones worried about it? Wellll.... Should
it be allowed to dominate our President's Area Conference on Exploring this
weekend? Wanna bet you can stop it? And trust me, the 600-800 participants
will be mainly...Youth.
My son is even wondering if he should use it in his campaign - "We WILL Meet
Again" - for Area Representative. At one point in the weekend I was encouragig
it, perhaps in error. How would you stop the youth from discussing it, even
though the end result will probably mean nothing more than name changes and
who attempts to help you at council changes.
Biggest loss: The Exploring information that was all bin item stuff that we
could get and hand out like water as a unit needed it will dry up faster than
ever. And all the training materials that will be set aside as unneccessary.
Do I go out and tell the kids about the changes coming when even I don't know
all about them? Or do I wait and let others do it? Is it even a matter they
should concern themselves with?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City