scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: How to Shape Up Troop
Robert Wright (rayadorob@YAHOO.COM
Wed Apr 05 2000 - 07:02:09 CDT
First of all, yeah you keep plugging away. Some of the
boys who fight & rebel today will come back to thank
you tomorrow--OK, maybe 5 or 10 years from now.
You know how people resist change. And that is what
you are asking these boys to do. They have the extra
momentum of youthful rebellion, limited attention
spans, & war-games mentality that makes your job
Second, keep pushing the boy-led troop concept. Hold
troop elections every six months & pray that you get
more cooperative junior leaders.
Third--keep the outing in Scouting. One of the great
things I've seen passed on to my son is the ability to
camp in extreme weather. Last weekend, we held our
Camporee with another District. Intermittent rain
didn't spoil a thing. The boys set up their tents &
dining fly correctly & kept dry & warm. Perhaps the
fall camporee (monsoon rains, the quagmire of freshly
plowed "roads" in topsoil, & high winds) made this
camporee appear to be a breeze.
Fourth. Get them involved in District & Council
events. The boys don't mind acting like jerks when
they are with themselves. But, peer pressure, combined
with the competitive nature of some events, should
help your team-building.
Fifth. Recruit. Recruit, Recruit! Have a strong
recruitng program in the Fall. If you & your husbamd
are the prime movers & shakers in the Troop, it will
take you 'til then to put together your game plan.
Robert Wright firstname.lastname@example.org
ASM, Troop 76 - Weatherford Texas
Roundtable Commissioner - Brazos Valley District
Member, Longhorn Council Orienteering Committee
"and a good old fox, too" SR-271-24
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