Michelle Johnson (mdjohnso@PRESSENTER.COM)
Mon, 14 Sep 1998 08:28:51 -0500
I'm looking for advice on how other folks would handle this situation. I'm
a brand spanking new Committee Chairman for our Cub Scout pack, and need
all the advice I can get.
Here's the situation.....
Our Charter Org Rep is very involved in the pack and the troop here. She's
been in scouting for 25 years so she knows her stuff and has been an
invaluable source of information to me. She's also very involved at the
district level and the council. She's rather opinionated, since she's been
in it for so long and sometimes her words can be taken as a little
abrasive. I tend to blow this off, however some people take offense.
About a month ago, one of the troop Moms had a problem with the troop
leaders and with the above mentioned Charter Rep. Big falling out, nasty
words flying etc. etc... This Mom is also a den leader and an active
committee member for our pack.
Being somewhat naive, I thought that perhaps all of the troop conflict
would not disrupt anything going on with our pack. Ha!
Now, this Mom refuses to come to the committee meetings if the Charter Rep
is going to be there, and has been rather difficult in other situations as
well. Almost like she's punishing me for her conflict with the troop.
I've thought about bringing it up at the committee meeting and asking that
people involved with the troop and with the pack please call a truce and
try to tolerate each other for the packs sake. However, I feel a little
uncomfortable doing that, as I've tried to play Switzerland through this
whole thing, and cannot afford to lose any leaders right now.
As if that werent enough, I am in serious need of a Wolf den leader. The
above mentioned Mom has found someone that will take a den, however, she
also does not take too kindly to the Charter Org Rep. She has offered to
take a den under the conditions that she does her basic training at home on
her own and she will also not be attending committee meetings. (Our
Charter Rep also does the Basic Training class) In essence, they want me
to sneak this other leader in without the Charter Rep knowing about it.
Thats not possible for one thing and frankly, I think its rather childish.
I really need to get this whole thing straightened out, as the current den
leader (and upset Mom) is beginning to tell everyone her point of view and
dragging other people in on it. Obviously, something needs to be said or
its going to balloon on me. When I became Committee Chairman, I had big
visions of having this wonderful, enthusiastic pack. But now I find myself
"tiptoeing" around trying not to offend anyone. And frankly, I'm tired of
I guess I know what needs to be done, I'm just looking for a tactful way of
doing it without offending anyone enough to make them quit. Any ideas?
Prescott, Wi Pack 133
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