Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: YP--Hypothetical--an epilogue
Mon, 13 Dec 1999 10:44:01 -0500
The situation proposed last week happened to me several years ago when I was
a WL. I continued on with the meeting that I had planned and following our
closing when I got home, made a few phone calls to gather together a couple
of parents to attend meetings to provide me with 'two-deep' leadership.
I still received a verbal reprimand from our CC who is a veteran (8+ yr)
'old-school' CubScouter. She attended training courses when she first
started Scouting with her older son and nothing since. The problem is that
since she has put in so much time, her word was accepted as gospel, even
though it's not quite accurate all the time regarding policy. Be that as it
may, there wasn't anything I was going to do or say that would change her
mind. I was irritated that I had been scolded for doing what I thought was
correct in this 'emergency' situation.
My point in contributing to this discussion is two-fold.
1) We, as Scouters dedicated to delivering the best of the program, must be
vigilant in observing the rules set-up for our protection and the protection
of our Scouts. We should be aware of the current policies and procedures to
insure that this is accomplished. While we don't set out to defy the
established rules, problems can arise and we have to use our sense of what's
right to determine the course we'll take--whether to continue on with an
activity or cancel it.
Do I question my actions in the previous describe hypo--no. Would I
continue my meetings without another parent--no. Is there a written rule
which says I have to have a second leader at _meetings_--no. But, Would
having a second adult leader be the smart thing to do (and as stated by a
previous list member in keeping with the 'CYA' outlook)--Most definitely,
Yes! I think sometimes erring on the side of caution may be prudent.
2) New Scouters must be aware that there is a balance between following
every piece of information which comes to us from more experienced Scouters
and questioning every piece of information. Sometimes as new leaders, we
(and I include myself when I first started) accept everything those veteran
Scouters tell us without question and that is what can get us into trouble
sometimes. It has gotten me some heat a couple of times in the past.
This also puts a burden on our veteran Scouters to try to remain aware and
updated of the most current policies. It is only then that they (or we) can
be real resources to the benefit of the scouts, leaders and the program in
My best wishes to all for a happy, safe, and holy holiday season.
Matthew M. Zrada
Playwicki District, Bucks County Council, PA
District Cub Scout Training Team
". . . and a good old beaver, too! (NE-II-99)"
(working my ticket)