In our small unit, we have a limited number of parents. This is starting to cause a problem because some of them are just ‘too busy’ to volunteer and help the Troop out. I’m not asking any of them to run the show (and I know, as Scoutmaster I shouldn’t be asking anyone to be on the Troop Committee – but that’s another post all together).
Recently, a few parents have decided that they no longer want to serve on the Troop Committee. I suppose that’s OK since they’ve at least served in some capacity at one point. There are many that have never lifted a finger, and I honestly can say I don’t expect them to any time soon.
So my ‘challenge’ (I know, I know – it shouldn’t be MY challenge – but if I don’t make it mine, it just won’t happen) is this: how to properly fill the Troop Committee with people who WANT to be there. We have 9 new Webelos crossing over in less than a week. I’m hoping some of them will want to help serve the Troop in one fashion or another. I’ve already heard that one will not, however – and I’m worried that this trend will continue with the other parents. I hope not, but I’m nervous that’s how it’s going to play out. I can play hard-nosed or the guilt card – but I’m not very good at either.
I’m wondering if asking non-parents from our Charted Organization if they’d want to be part of the Troop Committee? Is that something that happens a lot? Is it a good idea? I’d hate to open another can of worms if I do.
Anyone have any advice on this? Comments are more than welcome here on this one.
Thank you all in advance, and keep on Scouting!