scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Sir Names
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET
Mon Apr 17 2000 - 14:01:57 CDT
My Scouts have always called me by my first name (at least to my
face!), and I have no problem with it. I have always wanted to
be approachable, and that seems to help. When this thread
surfaced a few years back, I wondered if perhaps I was being too
easy-going on them. Not that there were any major problems.
Then I heard from some of the parents who were Girl Scout leaders
with problems keeping their charges in line and on target. They
had asked their sons about how our troop, much bigger than theirs,
operated so "flawlessly" and "smoothly" <G>. Apparently somewhere
along the line I had created an expectation of behavior in their
sons that led to that illusion of a smoothly operating troop.
And apparently, being able to call me by my first name didn't make
that expectation of Scouting-appropriate behavior any less formal.
As for respect, I treat each of my Scouts with the highest respect,
and I expect the same. I am seldom disappointed.
Alan R. Houser ** firstname.lastname@example.org
** Scoutmaster, Troop 24, Berkeley, California **
** Committee Member, Crew 24, Berkeley, California **
** Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner, Herms District **
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **