lurker, old scouter, new SM
Jim Feuerbach (email@example.com.NY.US)
Fri, 3 Apr 1998 10:44:36 -0400
I've been a lurker for the past few weeks. time to jump in.
As of 3/1/98 I've been the new SM for our troop. I'm a recycled scouter (
was ASM with my older boys in the 1980s) now SM with my youngest. -
Recycled is a good word. Back then I knew & understood very little, & got
burned out before I knew more! I keep telling people BSA is a bureaucracy
good & bad - The good - LOTS of information, books, ideas - we just have to
keep asking. This listserv is very helpful to me. the bad- some people are
hard to deal with (same as anywhere else)
One of my first acts as a SM was to have a court of honor - troop hadn't
had one in close to a year. Our troop is an old one - the recharter
indicated 'over 920 months continuous service' --more than 75 years, yet
there was never an acknowledgement of it. At the court of honor we were
presented with a new -75 year- troop flag, and a new US flag flown over the
Capitol, (Both of our older venerable flags have seen better days). We
invited former scoutmasters to the court of honor. (We don't have lifers in
our leadership). They were ALL TICKED to be invited and offered to help me
in my new position. I was surprised how excited they were to be invited.
One of them gave me their photocopy of the troop's recharter application of
1920, restarting the troop. Apparantly, it was inactive for a few years.
Because of that they lost their original troop number - #1.
My point - former scouters might be enticed to be involved again if invited
personally to attend events and subsequently invited to share their
knowledge. That's what I intend to do.
We're "car- camping" at Camp Saratoga this weekend. I know, I know, But
one step at a time.
My request for help - the troop has ~6 older scouts at life and an eagle,
and ~8 younger - one first class, 2 second class. We are trying to have the
older guys get into venture activities rather than lose them. But they've
gotten used to being pushed & led like donkeys rather than progressing on
their own. there are many places to focus.......
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City