scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Scout quits
Roman J. Smith (Roman.J.Smith.13@ND.EDU
Wed Feb 23 2000 - 13:11:32 CST
Lets see what the group can do with this problem.
I recently had a scout quit. I stopped him after church last week and
asked why he quit, he told me he was just not having fun. This scout did
not show up for many meeting, events or camp outs. When he did, it just
seemed that he missed the most enjoyable events and showed up for the
meetings where patrols were just planning for the next camp out. The only
camp out of the last 3 he made was the one that was focused on JLT for the
older scouts with the new scouts working on their Klondike sled. I know
that we could have structured that camp out a lot better (and are making
sure we avoid that format in the future), but it just happened that he made
that camp out and missed some really fun ones.
His patrol now tells me that they are having more fun since he left, as he
dragged the patrol down. He never did anything, but caused trouble. I saw
that, but he was not as bad as many in the troop, and not as bad as other
first year scouts have been. (This is a patrol of all first year scouts.)
We have been working with him when he showed up, but he seems to resent the
fact that he is not the patrol leader (that information came from his dad).
I assure you he is a *long* way from being elected PL.
He best friend is in the troop, and is a good scout. But he does not want
to stay since his buddy left. Both sets of parents want me to work to keep
both scouts in the troop together. I plan on talking to the SPL and the PL
to get them to call both scouts, but I expect them to not be very
enthusiastic about the first scout.
We just re chartered, so we can carry them for a year and call them before
each camp out to get them to come together.
Does anyone have any experience with this sort of problem? Or do you have
any suggestions as to what to do.
Roman J. Smith, SM Troop 505 / CM, Ship 505
-I used to be an Owl