Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Stranded off a burned bridge?
Stranded off a burned bridge?
Tue, 14 Dec 1999 20:02:50 -0500
Been doing the Scouter for 6-7 years.
Became Cubmaster when son became Tiger.
"Resigned" from Troop 4 months into son being SPL.
Tooooo many ashes in the fire to recount that trail here.
Son has Troop going in a good direction. He's 12 in January (7th grade).
Other oldests are 12 with 2-3 13 yr olds hanging out on the fringe.
Adult leadership see their responsibilities differently than I.
My opinion is "sink or swim" is used too much. To his credit, SM pulled
off the first JLT (and a good one) in 30 or so months a little while
ago. Other than that, adults need to change the OL GOAT patch to the
ROCKING CHAIR patch. Some PLC decissions not involving safty are
overruled (read ignored and torpedoed by adults). The last straw for me
was the scraped arms and broken ankle (SM's son) two meetings ago during
a casting session for Fishing merit badge. No adult was out there to
redirect or support the youth leaders trying to maintain order.
"Where were you?" you might ask.
I've been New Scout SMA and Program SMA. I interpreted Program SMA as
SPL - PLC trainer. Got burned out when 2-3 of us were the "only" ones
carrying the heaviest loads. Dropped back to Advancement, tour
permit-permission slip-reservations SMA.
I was an instrumental force in bringing about a new SM 1/2 a year or so
ago and was usually the only disciplinarian so I've not established a
reputation as Mr. Easy Go Lucky. I got tired of those roles a few
weeks ago and agreed to stick solely with Advancement until the upcoming
CoH. Beating my head on the wall with other adults (seemingly) giving
nothing but lip service.
I have always pushed for "boy run" (Insisted and assisted in getting the
PLC back into existance) and believe that coaching-training individuals
in key positions is the way to get it up to speed. (Sixteen years of
teaching youth and arranging youth leadership situations for a
paycheck... well, an avocation as well.)
Well if you got thru all that long windedness, my question is:
Since I'm NOT reregistering with this Troop, what are my options to
maintain active registration (other than MB councilor)?
DE must be busy. Haven't heard from him in 6 or so months on any of the
questions I've posed.
A unit Commissioner spot? I can't even get my son's troop to rethink
While the idea of being "just a parent" is intoxicating, I feel like it
leaves too big a void.
Got 2 years to start a SHIP...