scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Can we help too much?
Mark Arend (mwarend@INTERNETWIS.COM
Sun Nov 28 1999 - 13:55:31 CST
At 05:31 PM 11/27/99 -0500, Tom Sullivan wrote:
>Recently I, as scoutmaster, have been having some philosophical
>differences with some of our ASM's about how much help to provide
>to the scouts in the area of requesting and setting up times for
>SM conferences and Boards of Review. I take a hard line that the
>scout should do all the arranging ...
I agree. In our Troop we have a Committee member who sets up Boards of
Review. When the boy's ready I tell him to talk to Mr. B. about setting up
a BoR. Later I usually call him up so he knows that Scout x is going to
For the SM Conference I'm pretty loose and try to be available before or
after meetings or at other times--whenever we can get it in. Usually I
bring up the issue when I see that he's about ready with a "When do you
want to get together" type question.
I think your ASM may be concerned especially for the newest Scouts, feeling
that they may not know just how to set this up and what to expect. I try
to address this in the first couple of SM Conferences. For the Scout one,
I talk a little bit about what the SM Conference is supposed to do. Since
there's no BoR required for Scout, I spend some time at the Tenderfoot
Conference discussing this and, I hope, putting the Scout's mind at rest
about what to expect.
Mark W. Arend, Scoutmaster
Beaver Dam, Wisc.