Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Communication between adults and boys
Re: Communication between adults and boys
by way of The Hendra Family
Thu, 24 Jun 1999 12:20:11 -0700
I'm saying the procrastination problem is universal, not just in Scouting.
We are all of us involved in so many more things which are not mutually
coordinated that it makes long-range planning impossible.
Does it make life difficult for the planners? Yes, of course. But you
work WITH reality, not against. A problem solving "seminar" I had to sit
through pointed out that before a problem could be solved the OWNER of
the problem has to be identified. (From whence the phrase, Not my
In the case of the campout that originated the question, the Scouts don't
have a problem: they go whether they've met the deadlines or not; the
parents don't have a problem, and indeed may not even KNOW there is a
problem. The only person with a problem here is the guy filling out the
tour permit (who evidently is also the guy arranging transportation).
The quickest fix is fake paperwork. The better fix is transferring
ownership of the problem: If the Scout doesn't have his paperwork in by
the deadline, he doesn't go. Enforcing that one twice should do the trick.