Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 16 Jun 1999 to 17 Jun 1999 (#1999-169)
Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 16 Jun 1999 to 17 Jun 1999 (#1999-169)
Fri, 18 Jun 1999 21:23:11 -0400
Dawn L. Moriarty wrote:
> XXXXX SNIP XXXXX I think it's hard for boys in a
> troop that may attend high school with an 18 year old to suddenly accept him
> as an adult leader when they have been fellow Scouts the day before. This
> happened in my son's own troop. The SM's son made Eagle, tunred 18 and
> became an ASM. The older boys have had a hard time with accepting his
> authority as they saw him in school every day as a friend. I'm interested
> to see what happens now that he has graduated. Just a thought.
This is difficult in any case, which is why the military has
anti-fraternization rules. The boys are some distance from where they can
accept, "Cause he's the boss!" as a reason that needs no further explanation,
and many young leaders have little else going for them except, "I'm the boss."
I worked for several years in an outfit where officers and enlisted
worked in the same place, slept in similar accommodations, did fairly similar
work, and were on a first name basis; but still had to remember that when Fritz
said something he WAS a Lieutanant Colonel, and deserved the same respect even
though we were on a Fritz and Dave basis. The young folks who could not get
this straight soon whent back to their original outfit - our work was too
important for minor frictions to get in the way, we were a volunteer only
outfit, and we only accepted volunteers from people who had volunteered to
augment us from their original jobs.
It is a tough lesson for each side to learn and accept, but they
both must understand it. The boss may not be right, but s/he is the boss.
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