Re: Attendance Rules
Chuck Batteau (charles.r.batteau@BELLATLANTIC.COM)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 10:15:57 -0400
Your COMMITTEE created a rule that "a Scout MUST go to 5 camp outs and
attend 25 meetings" ???
I think there are at least three things wrong here:
1. The committee is trying to do the PLC's job.
If my PLC wanted to make
a rule that a scout must attend 2 wilderness
campouts and attend at least 3 meetings in
the two months prior to Wilderness Summer
Camp, I'd go along with it IF THE PURPOSE
WAS TO ENSURE THAT THE SCOUTS WERE READY
FOR A WEEK OF WILDERNESS. (I believe that
our council has a rule like that for Philmont
crews.) If, OTOH, our
COMMITTEE created such a rule (as opposed
to RECOMMENDING it to the PLC, I'd resist
with all my might. (And, since nobody else
wants to be SM, I'd probably win! <Grin>)
2. The committee does not know what it's role
is (in a word, support the program that the
PLC plans). I suspect that most of the
committee has not even been through Fast
Start, much less Adult Leader Fundamentals.
(If I'm wrong, I apologize -- but they
either don't know their job or are on a
power/control trip, which means they don't
know their job!)
3. There is a definite LACK of communication
between the PLC and the committee, perhaps
even including the SM and the parents.
Rules like this need to be made LONG IN
ADVANCE so that the boys and parents can
ensure they meet the standard. You don't
make rules like this (even in the PLC)
as an afterthought. Because of the way
this was done, it can be construed that
the committee is trying to exclude
someone (not necessarily YOUR son).
You did not state WHO on the committee came up with this attendance idea.
If it was someone on the committee other than the CC, I would suggest
calling the CC and discussing the problem with him. If it was the CC that
came up with it (or you don't know WHO did), talk with the SM and ask him
to approach the committee.
If your son is on the PLC, he could ask the PLC to state its own
requirements (which should be "meetable" by a scout who just transferred in
today) and inform the committee. (This could work well if the SM supports
Finally, if you can't get the committee to back off and let the PLC do its
own job, consider meeting with other like-minded parents and inform them of
your plans to move to a troop which is run by the principles of BSA. You
may have other boys that will join yours. Then inform the committee of your
decision and WHY your son is moving. (Be sure that they understand that the
decision is your son's.) If you have several families with you the
committee may be more responsive than they would to a single individual.
Good luck, Terry. Let us know how it turn out.
SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen, VA
maybe they meant an hour a DAY!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City