Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Responsible Scouts
Mon, 8 Feb 1999 17:29:33 -0600
Phil. You posted regarding a needy Scout who has not responded to
program and offers of help. I wholeheartedly agree with Jim Perterson's
advice. I too would encourage you to hang in there and give this one a
lot of time. Your toughest job may be in convincing other leaders/troop
committee folks to hang in there with you.
A corny suggestion that worked for me once in more ways than one. Use
your resources to get him in "perfect uniform." Every meeting. Right
down to the Patrol patch, Scout pants and red epaulets. Praise him on
his uniforming every chance you get. Clue in the other leaders and
S.P.L. to do the same. Let him know that you respect the pride in shows
in "the Troop" and what a good example he is setting. I have to say it,
"We are what we wear."
Next baby step. See if you can get him to a really cool camping store.
Find one quality, yet inexpensive item that he can save up to buy. A
"mini-mag," a "candle lantern," or a small "Buck" knife. On the way
home, explain that its only 20 pops worth, etc. If he saves up the
money (which I bet he does), take him back to buy it. All good
fisherman have to use a good "hook," you may have to look for a while in
your tackle box to find the right one.
Take him to Savation Army, Goodwill, etc. and get him a pair of hiking
boots. Sorry, pet peeve here. I just can't stand seeing the Scout
uniform worn with sneakers. Especially the expensive ones.
Good luck. The Good Lord has a way of making these things work out for
Dave Beaver (a "Ballistic Bobwhite")
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