Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Twist on turning 18
Twist on turning 18
Tue, 20 Apr 1999 18:11:17 -0400
The problems associated with a kid turning 18 in a Troop are somewhat
similar to the situation of when one Scoutmaster steps down and someone
else takes over as Scoutmaster. In most cases, it is better for the old
Scoutmaster to get away from the day to day operation of the Troop for si=
months to a year. Otherwise, the kids will continue to bring their proble=
to the old Scoutmaster and look to him for directions. Even, the new
Scoutmaster will be somewhat looking over his shoulder to see if the old
Scoutmaster approves of the way he is doing things.
When a kid turns 18, it will sometimes work out better if he takes a time=
out from day to day Troop operations. One week he is out playing and
leading games with the kids and the next week he is expected to take a
chair in the corner with the adults. Pretty difficult transition over a
short period of time. Especially if he has a couple of buddies in the Tro=
that may only be six months or so younger that he has been a tent mate
with. Now they are supposed to call him Sir or Mister, will not happen.
If he has been the type that has served on Summer Camp staff and perhaps =
Lodge Chief and that sort of thing where they have seen him in semi adult=
roles, it will help, but still not easy.
The best job that I ever observed for getting the other adults to accept
the new adult was in a fairly large Troop that had a seperate adult or Ol=
Goat Patrol. The Scoutmaster assigned the kid when he turned 17 to be the=
Patrol Leader of the Old Goat Patrol. He instructed him to not cut them a=
slack and make sure they had duty rosters and did those duties the same a=
any of the patrols. He did the job very well and all of the adults were
glad when he turned 18 and they could get rid of him as the Patrol Leader=
and just accept him as another adult.