Re: Attendance Rule
(no name) ((no email))
Sat, 6 Jun 1998 11:48:39 -0700
RE: Attendance Rules
When I was growing up in Michigan, our troop had one rule for participation
and it more of an advancement motivation rule than an attendance rule.
But, in order to advance, you needed to participate in some form at some
time. The rule: To go on the annual May father and son canoe trip you had
to either advance one rank, or earn two merit badges SINCE (as in starting
after) Summer Camp. Eagles were exempted. In fact, Eagle Scouts did not
have to pay to go on troop Camp outs since they were considered a resource
and we were always glad to have them along. I actually like this rule
because it is real easy to fulfill with a good program (we had this).
If a troop is going to create stupid rules, then the smart people will
leave and go elsewhere. (I have even watched this happen at my current
place of employment over the last three years. I have not left, because
health has kept the rule from applying to me and other than the rule, this
it is a great company to work for.) In your case, I can see that they are
trying to keep the High School youth active, but, it is amazing how many
people who work with teenagers never get it. If you say NO or DONT DO
THIS, what is the youth going to do the first chance he gets? (Do I need
to answer this? I try to always use the negative in the form, this is what
happens if you do this.) My older brother, in the days of hippies, kept
his Summer Camp Staff beard longer than planned because the Scoutmaster
told him is was "un-Scout like". He was going to shave before that comment
was made and did eventually shave. Beards and wrestling do not mix well.
My brother eventually became a professional Scouter for a number of years,
and yes he had the beard at times.
The people making these rules need an education. If you cannot educate
them with the help of the Aims and Methods out of the Scoutmasters
Handbook, then I would jump ship and go where your efforts, however small,
are appreciated. I know of at least one troop in Sierra Vista, Arizona
that would love to have your family a part of their troop. Even part time.
My preference has been to try and fix the program before you leave and yes
I have resigned a district position, much to the extreme surprise of the
rest of the district members, because I felt they were missing the boat and
would not listen or or offer support when I talked to them about this. I
told the district that I would be with my sons troop and I would be
concentrating all my efforts there.
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona
Catalina Council Advancement Chairman
Instructor Trainer for Water Safety, American Red Cross, Ft Huachuca Station
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Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City