Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Turning 18
Re: Turning 18
Sat, 17 Apr 1999 21:49:36 -0400
I was one of those 18 year olds that became an Assistant Scoutmaster while
still in high school and while serving as Lodge Chief for OA. Never had a
problem with being treated as a youth. The Scoutmaster simply told me that
in the eyes of BSA I was an adult, better act like one, and would have to
pull my weight. The other adults at the time, were tickled to have a
youthful adult leader and offered nothing but encouragement.
We could probably hash through a lot of anectodes about what it is like to
be an 18 year old Scoutmaster, but I suspect that it is going to be hard to
generalize very much. So much depends on the unique qualities of the
individuals involved, how well the adults accept a "new" adult leader, how
well the "new" adult adjusts to the new role, and so forth. For all
concerned it can be challenging to shift gears in how they see things.
You could probably say the same things about how well Scoutmasters adjust to
having a 21 year old camp commissioner. I was one of those too. Most of
the adults leaders I encountered in camp made the adjustment and there was
little problem. There were a few though that were more challenging. :-)
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.