Re: LEADERSHIP OBJECTIVE OF SEA SCOUTING -Reply
Roger Crossland (RCROSSLAND@hospice.com)
Fri, 28 Feb 1997 14:12:37 -0500
A thought or two along a different line.
An interesting variation I have seen developing since the '70's --
especially in newly formed Ships -- has been boatswains by default and
nobody wants to be "the Boss." I've been aboard vessels where youth
leaders had to be dragooned into taking OOD.
Newly formed Ships with little experience hear it is all "do your own
thing" in Explorer Leader Basic and take it to heart. Too often issuing
orders of any sort is perceived as overbearing and unfashionable. A
casual consensus style is what they seek, but this seldom works in any
I have noticed the discussion so far has been among (1) traditional Ships
with (2) well credentialed leaders who have (3) the patience and
inclination to work with a tough age group.
Rarely unfortunately are you able to get the luxury of 1,2, and 3 initially.
Out of the six new Ships formed by two different councils on this coast
in the last three years, four have failed, another is failing, and sixth
surviving one is run by the Boatswain alone -- in that Ship there is no
real adult leadership, but since it was formed on traditional lines he has a
structure to fall back on.
Of course we all agree that the objective is get the Sea Scouts to
assume as much responsibility and leadership as they can bear.
Sometimes however it is not the overbearing adult that is the problem, it
is the underbearing adult, and the shy, inexperienced Sea Scout.