scouts-l Mail Archive for August of 2000: Survivor
Roman J. Smith (Roman.J.Smith.13@ND.EDU
Fri Aug 25 2000 - 10:21:20 CDT
I have not received the digest in a few days, so if I am repeating posts
from others, please forgive me.
I was reading an article in the Wall Street Journal today about the show
survivor. The article points our how the artificial situation put one
person against another. The winner, the author points out, "succeeded in
good measure because he was able to create an effective coalition to
accomplish what he couldn't do alone."
Just for fun, I asked my son to imagine a camp out where the troop was
playing the show. I asked who he would vote out of the campsite first. I
fully expected him to choose those scouts who always stood around doing
nothing to help the group effort. To my surprised, he chose others
explaining that they lacked skills needed to get along with others in the
unit causing poor moral in the troop. He noted that there are always
plenty of scouts to do the work. The important thing is to get a group
that does not upset the harmony of the unit.
I think these are good things to remember when, as leaders, we council
scouts in various settings. Getting along with others is the first skill
to master. When we can avoid getting under each other's skin, then we are
able to take the next step and contribute to the group. As in the case of
the show's winner, getting others to fill in where we are lacking in
knowledge, helps each person fell that they can contribute to the effort of
the group. It makes us feel welcomed, appreciated, and useful. When we can
get others to help us without being abrasive in the effort, everyone
becomes part of the team effort needed to have a successful troop activity.
If I was only as smart as my son.
Roman J. Smith, SM Troop 505 / CM, Ship 505
-I used to be an Owl