scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Scout Spirit
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Sat May 13 2000 - 09:03:50 CDT
You mentioned in your posting that the problem with scout spirit was
with a kid in another troop, and that kid should never have made it TO
the BOR, past the Scoutmaster Conference. We always tend to look at
other units, and how they should be just like my unit, and how we all
should be the paradigm of perfection in the BSA. As the kids say today:
Every unit is run differently, and every kid coming out of a unit will
have a different idea of what he did in scouting, no matter what rank.
You might just remember this. The Troop Committee Chairperson has some
power in the operation of the troop. He/she selects or recruits the
Scoutmaster and his/her assistants, and they serve for the pleasure of
the Troop Committee and the Chartered Organization. Basically, if you
don't like the way the SM is operating, you can fire him. It never works
out that easy, but that's it, in a nutshell. You as CC can select and
de-select the Board of Review participants. Remember, the PLC has
selected the program for the troop, with your approval, but you can
have input to that program. So, if something needs changing in the
troop, you have great control over that change.
As for the boy who's heart just is not in the program: you can't change
the program just to suit this one young man. If the program is
operating well for the majority of the troop, he'll have to change his
attitude/mind pretty quick. I think a good long talking/listening
session with him may help you and he. Be sure to listen more than you
talk. No war stories, listen to him. Ask a question, then listen until
he is done talking. Ask open ended questions, one that cannot be
answered yes or no. You might be surprised what comes out of him. It may
not be your program. If it is, work on changing the program for those
other scouts advancing behind him.
Maybe it is time for the troop committee to review advancement
procedures, for the Scoutmaster to review advancement procedures, and
for the troop committee to review how Boards of Review are operated. If
all this is just rubber stamping what is sent before them, the boy will
stumble badly when he goes before the Eagle Board of Review. So a little
self-analysis is in order.
If you find out what is in the boy's mind, what is in the Board of
Reviews' minds and the Scoutmaster's mind, you will either find the
problems and/or the solutions. You are right, this other young man
should never have been sent to the BOR, with that Scout Spirit. That SM
needs to be talked to and re-trained, if needed.