scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Shaping Up Troop
Michael A. Poretsky (MPoretsky@AOL.COM
Wed Apr 05 2000 - 09:30:35 CDT
Hang in there. It takes three to five years to turn around a Troop to completly boy led.
Some of the boys in your Troop will quit. That's OK, the program they are looking for is NOT Scouting. The ones who stay will start to learn you are serious about training them to run the show themselves. These Scouts will struggle with Troop operation and learn a great deal about leadership and themselves in the process.
New Scouts coming into the Troop will grow up in Scouting with the idea of a boy-run, adult-mentored program. (BTW, the second part, "adult-mentored," is often left out of the equation - the reason a good Scoutmaster sits in the rocking chair is because he is exhausted from training and mentoring the Scouts.)
Eventually the Troop will be boy-run. All you will have to do is train, retrain, polish, mentor, evaluate, quietly correct, publically praise, console, build up the boy leaders. Nutin' to it!
Yours in Scouting,