Today I had to cancel a Troop camping weekend due to a lack of adults. This isn’t the first time this has happened to us this year. Actually, we haven’t gone camping yet this year, and it’s the middle of June. I don’t understand what’s going on. I think one was due to expense, but the others – and here’s the kicker – have been due to a lack of adult help. That’s right, it’s been just me willing to take the boys out and that just can’t happen under the BSA flag. My wife is willing as well, but that is still a no-no for youth protection training.
So what’s going on? I think part of it is that for the last 6 years, myself and one other registered adult went on everything. There was never a worry about adult leadership at outings because her and I would always be there. Well, now that’s changing. I’m involved in baseball, and the other leader’s boys aren’t as active as they once were. So now I’m seeing the results of having the ‘usual suspects’ take care of everything for so long. And I have to say, I’m not impressed.
So now I have to think on how to fix this. We have a mandatory Troop meeting on Monday to go over summer camp stuff, and I think since we’ll have everyone there it would be a good time to address this issue as well. Question is, how do I address it without coming off like a jerk (I’m known to be more than a little rough around the edges and not worry too much about offending)? Any suggestions you folks have would be appreciated. I really am getting concerned that without more parental involvement, our unit might just fall apart due to a lack of outdoor programming – not because we don’t want to, but because we’re just unable to.
Chime in please, I could use some advice on how to handle this one. Thanks all!
From the Northwoods of Minnesota, where the mosquitos can carry you away at dusk…