scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: What Sayeth the List?
Skip Watkins (cmwatkin@COLLINS.ROCKWELL.COM
Fri Feb 18 2000 - 09:31:57 CST
I have too been following this thread and have been wondering if anyone has
had the same experience that I've had. Our last IH (since moved on) would not
commit to a written calendar schedule. She said she did not want the Church to
follow any plan that may be viewed as written in stone. She felt that without
set dates, everyone could benefit from last minute changes. Needless to say,
when we did our Troop annual program planning, we planned the best we could with
what we had.
In one instance (though we had many conflicts) after many failed attempts,
we finally locked in a date for a Troop overnite canoe trip. One of our many
problems was finding canoes available. Once we had established a date we felt
secure that the worst part was over.
A short time later our IH came to me saying that she had guest speakers
coming the same weekend and she wanted me to cancel our trip. When I asked her
why, her only reason was that if we cancelled our trip, then the Scouts who
belonged to the Church would have no outside temptation but would most assuredly
attend the Church activity. I asked, what about the Scouts who do not belong to
our Church? Her reply, So What! Much to her dismay we did not cancel the trip.
We had about 5 boys out of 30 that were Church members.
Since then we now have a new IH who knows very little about Scouting but is
more then happy to let our Troop do as we please trusting that we know what's
My point is that sometimes boys are not given a choice to make decisions.
Which is healthier?
Scoutmaster Troop 326
District Program Chair
Hawkeye Area Council
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
"I'm still an Eagle but.......I used to be a Bear"