scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Society is to blame
Michael A. Poretsky (MPoretsky@AOL.COM
Mon Aug 07 2000 - 16:08:26 CDT
Anthony Mako made some excellent points about problems at his summer camp. He has every right to be outraged at the lack of leadership demontrated at every level.
There is another side to this coin ...
My experience at summer camp this year was, in almost every particular, the opposite of Anthony's. The food was good, strike that - GREAT!!!, the program areas were well run, younger staff members were well supervised, the camp was clean, etc.
I made of point of sitting down with the camp director to tell him how good camp was this year. I also made a point of seeking out the various area directors to let them know they were doing a good job.
While I was sitting with the camp director, he told me that one of the reasons he was not returning next year is that I was on of only a handful of leaders who took the time to tell him and his staff that they were doing a good job. The other leaders either complained constantly or were silent.
Let me give you an example.
Wednesday night I walked into the dining hall where a "carnival" was I progress. The joint was jumping with active happy boys - and not a few overage boys - dunking for apples, tossing sopping wet sponges at staff member targets, and so on. I walked over to the camp director to comment on how great this was. He thanked me profusely and told me that two leaders had come up to him just before I did to complain that one of the flourescent lights needed to be changed!
I certainly agree that when things are a mess, we should complain. And specify, as Anthony did, exactly what was wrong. (BTW, I am reknowned for being a hard nosed pain in the nether regions.) We owe that to every boy who comes under our aegis.
We also owe camp staff that do their jobs well our thanks. Please remmber to say "thank you" and "you did a great job" to those people who deserve it. It's the only "tip" those guys and gals get.
I think it was Mark Twain who said, "I can live for a week on a good compliment."
Yours in Scouting