Misbehaving Scout Units
- While training can do a lot to help the situation, there are other
factors that contribute to the problem. A huge one here in the west is
the appointment of Scout leaders by the chartering organization, and
then moving them out of Scouting into other volunteer positions
before they ever get trained. This leads to a constant stream of
changing leaders whose only experience with Scouting is based on being
a Scout in their youth. As those of us who have been on both ends, it
is a whole different point of view being an adult in charge of a unit
than being a kid in the unit.
Another factor is the relative strength or weakness of the
Commissioner staff in your district. Districts I have served in have
typically had very weak Commissioners, and my units have not seen a
Commissioner in years, unless I went out of my way to get them to
visit. A Commissioner can help a unit understand the rules a bit
better, and work with leaders to encourage them to follow the G2SS.
Unfortunately, too many good ol' boys get into Scouting and figure
they're gonna teach the boys to be REAL men. Had a couple of these who
let their boys stone the summer camp's pet skunks to death--because
they were just "garbage animals" and it was fun to watch them die.
SO, how do you train that kind of person?
Used to be a whole lot of stuff, but I feel much better now.