scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Separate Committees (was Re: NEW SUBSCRIBER)
Thu Nov 25 1999 - 08:24:57 CST
I've got to agree with Mark. A year ago, we formed a Venturing Crew using as
its cadre, the older boys from our troop's Venture patrol. There was a lot
of hand wringing at the time we formed the crew that we were "taking my boys"
away. After a year, despite out attempts at reaching out to the troop,
providing instruction on Leave No Trace, Wilderness Survival, Emergency
Preparedness, and Land Navigation, there are still some feeling of resentment
by some of the adults on the troop committee and uniformed leadership. I
can't imagine having these adults as members of the crew committee.
By the way, our crew committee has met three times over the last year and a
half. Part of the reason for this is that much of the planning for crew
events is carried out by youth members. Adult committee members and advisors
always back up a youth activity chair, but the responsibility for planning an
event lies with the youth member. Another reason is that the crew is
smaller than the troop and requires a lot less hands-on overwatch and
planning. Finally, many of the members of the committee have been in
Scouting for a long time (their kids are older now) and have been through the
1-2 hour long committee meetings and are simply tired of it. For me, being
an advisor of a co-ed crew after twenty years of working at the troop level
has been like a breath of fresh air.
Advisor, Crew 1519