scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: How to "Shape Up Troop"?
Ben Dibble USG PSG (dibble@ZK3.DEC.COM
Wed Apr 05 2000 - 08:44:45 CDT
You can succeed under these circumstances, but there will be
First, you should _expect_ the boys to complain and whine as you
teach them to be more independent and interdependent. I'll post more on this
later after I check the archives. Anyway, Expect it, and *plan* for it.
The planning for it is absolutely essential! You cannot expect to
make progress in, for example, stopping the hazing without consequences being
in place ahead of time.
I strongly recommend a Troop handbook, with detailed disciplinary
actions and process. I also recommend a "come to Scouting," or "grow up"
meeting where the boys are told your expectations, and your plans for them
if they ***choose*** to ignore or transgress your rules
Make rules, approve them in the committee, tell the boys, and follow
them. You may loose quite a few boys, but you'll have a better Troop for it.
You'll have the boys that _want_ to be there. Because any boys that whine
about the rules to their parents enough to get their parents to not bring
them won't come, and although we'd rather have the boys in a good growth
situation, the boys must meet our expectations if we are volunteering out
time to run the Troop.
CM Pack 21