William L McLeod (William_L_McLeod@MAIL.BANKONE.COM)
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 11:27:37 -0400
I have been lurking for a couple of weeks, picking up bits of
information and agreeing with most of the postings. I am an Eagle
Scout ('71 Central Tennessee). For 15 years or so education, family,
and career took precedence over scouting. After moving to Ohio and
the birth of my first son I was asked to be the COR for my church.
Thirteen plus years later I have held many positions in both the pack
and troop, district activities chair, Cub training staff, Scout
training staff, and Wood Badge EC-CS-22 (Buffalo).
I have been the SM for our troop for the past two years. I bridged
with my den of 10 Webelos and replaced the "burnt out" SM for a troop
of 5 boys. (He and I had been talking about it for almost a year.)
This spring we bridged 15 Webelos from the pack and expanded the troop
roster to 23. The 19 boys registered for summer camp have me excited
and anxious at the same time. This will be the largest group that I
have been responsible for but I have confidence in the PLC.
Tactful help requested - I have one boy who I believe is not going
to camp because of family finances but I'm not sure. He bridged this
spring with the others from his den. He attended the three day fifth
grade camp put on by the school, came home and left the same day for
the district spring camporee (some rain and a lot of mud) with no
appearent ill effects. He is from a single parent home and we have
provided his scout shirt from the troop locker.
How do I tactfully borach this subject with his mother? I provided
all scouts with the council scholarship form. I also have access to
two other resources that would help to send a scout to camp. Most
people don't want to talk about thier family finances and I certanly
don't want to give the impression that I am prying. His den leader
bridged over also. He has agreed to be an ASM (very little arm
twisting needed <g>) and he will be attending camp with us. I will
talk with him about the situation to get his point of view. This is
one of those kids that is not involved in much else and could really
use the support and structure that the scouting program provides. I
would hate for him to miss camp, get discouraged, and drop out.
Private mail answers would be fine.
Simon Kenton Council
Grandview Heights, OH
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