In less than 24 hours, 2013 will be in my rearview mirror, and 2014 will be in the windshield. As with driving a car, it does no real good to look in the rearview, but maybe only as a reminder of what happened in the past, to look out for in the future. Here’s a couple of things that I need to look for in 2014, after looking back at 2013.
* Worry about my Scouts that are there, and not so much about the ones that don’t want to be there. Over the past year, I worried more about the Scouts that I lost, and less about the ones that were there the whole time. They wanted to be there, and I overlooked them to make sure that I worked hard to keep the ones that were going to leave, anyways.
* Take a bit more control over the troop. I was so into the Boy-Led philosophy, that I really let things happen without paying much attention. I didn’t pay attention to most of the important things until it was too late. My philosophy has always been, with thanks to Scoutmaster Jerry, to “Train ‘Em, Trust ‘Em, Let ‘Em Lead”…it works. But I was so hands off, that I didn’t see the forest for the trees. The troop is strong, but some Scouts are struggling, and I haven’t noticed that.
* More TLC for the PLC. In the past year, I haven’t held the PLC to the standard that I expected, see above rule. I let them slide on having monthly meetings, not forcing extra time to plan or push to have TLT more than once per year. I thought as long as the Scouts were showing up to meetings and having fun, that was the important thing. Come to find out, planning was a bit “off” at times.
My focus was off for the year, almost the entire year. I was CC for the pack, took away from my Troop time…excuse. I was working full-time, traveling a bit…another excuse. I sweated the petty things…another excuse. The SPL and the PLC got this, I can sit in the other room…maybe not an excuse, more than just being lazy.
I said that I would do things, and didn’t do them, then come up with a BS excuse on why I didn’t do them. I would step in and make changes with the SPL, but not discuss anything with the rest of the troop, both adult and Scout.
There are a lot of things that I did in 2013, that will change going into 2014. I am entering my 10th year in Scouting, I guess some sort of milestone, but with age should come wisdom, and I don’t think that I used a whole lot of that in 2013. Maybe, just maybe, I was saving that all up for 2014…