Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Broken sled
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 06:09:34 -0500
By all means ... proceed!
> Deposit has been paid to the Council for event and each boy has
> prepaid their participation fee to Troop.
Irrelevent. Even if nothing has been collected or paid yet, the boys
should have the opportunity to participate, if they choose. And I hope
> Is a sled in this condition acceptable to race?
This is the ONLY relevant question that would concern me. Sight unseen,
I can't definitively answer this. But from your description, I don't
seen any reason why it wouldn't be acceptable.
> Will it not be hard to handle and will it be graded down
> right from the start for it's condition?
Probably and perhaps. So what?
> It does not look like any of the plans for Klondike sled plans
> that I have 'lain an eyeball' upon in helping to design these sleds.
> I am truly disappointed in this turn of events ...
Understandable. But, so what?
> however I was not in charge with this occurrence took place.
And if you had been? Do I suspect you might have decreed a different
solution? MAYBE you could have asked THEM if they thought the proposed
solution might make the sled harder to handle, could have asked them to
at least THINK of other alternatives before making a decision. But,
IMO, if they didn't ask for your advice, this is a perfect opportunity
to but out. IMO, intervention would only have dampened their
enthusiasm. What they need is encouragement.
> No-one seemed very upset that this action took place
> and nothing was said.
> I don't feel I am in a position to say anything as I am the
> 'new kid one the block'.
There's nothing wrong with being the 'new kid on the block'. Once upon
a time, we've all 'been there, done that'. Some day, in something else,
most of us will be again. In this case, it's irrelevent.
> What do we do now. Forfeit or proceed?
Why would you even think of forfeit? A problem developed for the boys
to solve. The boys decided on a solution. The boys implemented it. I
hope the boys are eagerly looking forward to the race. It should be a
fun day for them. Unless the sled is unsafe, it's their decision. They
all promise, every week, that "On my honor, I'll do by best ...".
That's all that matters ... that and having fun!
Mark Ritter - RitterME@stny.lrun.com - Committee Member
Sea Scout Ship 90 - The S.S.S. North Star - New Milford PA