Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Status of an 18-year-old Scout
Re: Status of an 18-year-old Scout
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 11:27:43 -0800
Mike Walton <blkeagle@MNINTER.NET> wrote:
>It sounds like this kid wants to keep getting the "kid stuff" and
>wants to be "recognized as an adult," John. A good Scoutmasters'
>Conference with him should let him know that "it's either one way
>or the other, guy....
I had a Scout last year who turned 18 and wanted to go on the
Sommers Canoe Base trek this summer. It was clear that he wanted
to be another of the kids despite being an "adult." I had to remind
him that because of his age, he would be considered an adult leaer.
I also mentioned that he hadn't shown any leadership during his seven
years in the troop, so why would I expect him to be a leader next summer?
Mind you, he is a well-behaved, personable young man who was a pleasure
to have in the troop, but he spent his career in the troop avoiding
taking any responsibility.
Sometimes that 18-year threshold can be a shock of cold water....
Alan R. Houser ** email@example.com
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **