Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Re: Meeting Night/New Question
Re: Meeting Night/New Question
Fri, 23 Oct 1998 08:57:19 -0400
Kathy Coates <Tuwanda@AOL.COM> wrote:
> My question is simply: do you force a boy to choose between attending
> whatever part of a campout he can or not going at all when he has a legitimate
We don't make Scouts choose, though some of our leaders would like to.
It's my philosophy that a well balanced life leads to well balanced people.
Scouting is just one part of a well balanced life. Sometimes there are
conflicts, and if a boy needs to leave early, or arrive late - be it to a
meeting, a campout, or a fund raiser, that's OK.
Now that said, that boy has to realize that his experience will be different.
In the case of a meeting, if we worked on an advancement activity and he
missed it because he came late or left early, he will need to earn that item
somewhere else, and he may bave to wrangle someone to teach him/sign him off.
In the case of a camping trip, assuming there is a safe and realistic point at
which the Scout can come or go, _and_ his coming or going is supported by a
parent for transportation and does not put the outing in jeopardy, the Scout
simply misses out on something.
In the case of a fund raiser, we prorate how much money from each fundraiser
goes into each boy's troop account based on how much time he spent working the
event. The boy who comes late or leaves early simply earns less money.
In each case, all we ask is that we know up front what everyone's plans are.
If you are going to be late to a meeting, call and leave a message. If you
have to leave early or plan to arrive late on a trip, we need to know in advance.
Proper planning includes communication, and so far it has worked out well.
By the way, what we find is that the boy who misses a meeting for practice one
week, will often miss practice or a game for a Scouting activity the next
week. Choices? Yes of course. Mutually exclusive activities? Not at all.
Tim Hewitt, Scoutmaster
Troop 350, Old Orchard Beach, Maine