Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Re: Problem leader, I need help
Re: Problem leader, I need help
Sun, 2 May 1999 22:41:28 -0700
I faced a similar problem as Cubmaster. The problem was one of
unreliability, though. I brought it before the Pack Committee & they
voted to remove the person. I drafted a letter ('cause I'm SO GOOD
with words) for the Committee Chairman, who signed it & sent it to the
The letter thanked the leader for his past involvement. It acknowledged
that the Committee realized that things come up & sometimes priorities
change. We looked forward to that person's continued support with hopes
that at some time in the future, he could participate in a less
We didn't beat the person over the head with the responsibility issue.
And you shouldn't verbally gang up on this woman. Merely state that you
realize that other things, that are none of the Pack's business, may be
placing a lot of stress in her life, and that the Committee feels it
would be in her & the Pack's best interest if she stepped down.
It would be good if you could already have someone lined up to fill her
shoes. Even if you don't, word the letter so that there is no way she
can interpret stepping down as an option---it is the Committee's
In our case the letter was best as the person rarely showed up. You may
want to have a face-to-face meeting with the woman, instead.
Hopefully, she won't make things messy by challenging the decision. And
if she threatens to pull he remaining son from the Pack? It's better to
lose one than to lose all.
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