Scouts-L Mail Archive for August of 1999: Re: what to do with older scouter
Re: what to do with older scouter
Sat, 7 Aug 1999 13:46:20 -0700
Depending on his mental abilities, he may be able to "mentor" Life scouts
moving, or not moving perhaps, towards Eagle. Sometimes all it takes is someone
other than a parent or a Scout leader to help motivate a boy to finish a
required merit badge or think about Eagle Leadership projects.
Jason Cruse wrote:
> >We have in my district an older scouter who desperately wants to be
> >involved. He is probably between 60-65, though may be older. He looks
> >older than he probably is. Has some health (including heart) problems, and
> >his mental state is slipping somewhat. Wife doesn't believe he should be
> >scouting any more, because he is "losing it" and can't relate to the boys.
> >This is causing some friction at home, as I understand it.
> >Scouter has received/done just about everything an adult can. Sons are
> >Eagles; grandsons are working on it...
> >The problem is, he physically can't do much of the day-to-day scouting
> >things of, say, an assistant scoutmaster (camping, for example, is out of
> >the question, and he probably can't make it to weekly meetings).
> >He has *volunteered* to assist the council with several things in the past,
> >and has been rebuffed. Most recently he is being somewhat rebuffed by the
> >district, as well (there are many theories for this, some reasonable, most
> >not kind, so we won't go there).
> >This man still has things to offer scouting; the trouble is, I'm not sure
> >what capacity.
> >He is currently serving as my unit commissioner; but, to be honest, neither
> >of us are really sure what he should be doing. He had been going to focus
> >on things like uniform and quality unit. But, every boy has and comes in
> >much uniform as his family can afford or the troop can provide, and earning
> >quality unit is part of our annual plan. I have considered suggesting that
> >he try being on our committee.
> >Does anyone have any other suggestions for this man? OA is also not a
> >question; our lodge has turned down many people who wish to assist,
> >including this man (which doesn't make sense, either...don't go into this
> >one). I'd like to see him stay in scouting; I'd like to be able to find
> >something for him in my troop. But, we are a very young core of leaders in
> >my troop (I'm just now 30, no boys in the program and I'm the oldest of all
> >my assistants, as well).
> >Thanks for your help.
> >Jason Cruse
> >Hannibal, MO