scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Can we help too much?
Sun Nov 28 1999 - 12:58:28 CST
In a message dated 11/28/1999 5:36:31 AM Eastern Standard Time,
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 while some of the
ASMs for the
newer scouts suggest if we don't help them then they may leave the troop.
Any thoughts? We certainly don't want them to leave scouting; but
on the other hand isn't that a big part of scouting to learn these
I have to say that I agree with your ASM's, if in fact you are talking
about brand-new Scouts. We are talking about 10 1/2 -11 year-olds. When
someone learns a new skill, they have to be taught how to do that. When we
take a new job, we usually are trained how to do it - we are usually not just
dumped into the position and expected to do it correctly - we are taught the
companies way to do things. And how about going on job interviews? I am sure
that most adults are nervous going on those. A Board of Review or Scoutmaster
Conference is essentially the same thing. Why should we expect different
standards for boys? They come into the troop apprehensive and nervous and
unsure of themselves in many cases. We need to provide the proper training so
that they will develop the skills and self-confidence to initiate the B of
R's and SM conferences themselves, and I believe that we set them up for
failure if we don't offer training and guidance first.
Just my .02...