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  1. 3 points
    Emphasis added. 1. Trust your gut. You have already identified what is most important to you. 2. That you are looking for a way to gracefully decline seems significant. I'd suggest, "I'm personally committed to [A, B]. Those are the things that I really need to be doing for at least the next couple of years." 3. Their response to whatever you tell them will be that the new position isn't really complicated and won't take much additional time, so you won't have to give anything up. I would suggest saying, "I know me, and to do it right, I would have to sacrifice something that I am already committed to doing. I just can't do that."
  2. 3 points
    Congratulations, you are a victim of your success. There are basically two considerations: Will you perform well and enjoy he position? Would you enjoy working with whoever takes the position if you pass on it? As to communicating your concerns, be plain spoken. Say what you think your fellow scouter should be doing less of and what you think he should be doing more of. As RT commish, you could encourage your team to do a 360 evaluation.
  3. 2 points
    You have already received great suggestions, I agree with them all. I'm only going to add that if you dream of influence on the program over a larger group of scouts, this is that door opening. Yes, you're the Round table Commissioner, but your influence on overall program is only limited by your your ideas, ambitions and abilities to market and lead your ideas. In other words, you don't have to look at this as a Round Table Commissioner, look at it as a door opening to the stars. Barry
  4. 2 points
    I would encourage you to decide whether you'd enjoy the role. Whatever role we taken on as volunteers, it's important to find the fun in it. Is there something about being RT commissioner that you'd enjoy? Perhaps the ability to put your mark on Roundtable and to work with others to make it happen? Perhaps the ability to find and inspire others who might have similar interests to yours. Also, you might find that this role provides some new challenges and is a fun adventure. Yet, I would not take it out of a sense of pressure. There will always be opportunities to serve and I've found it's important to take on roles you are interested in. If you look at this and say "ugh, I really don't want to do that", then don't feel compelled to.
  5. 1 point
    Shhhh. We don't want national to hear this and impose (in addition to age and sex) height and weight divisions.
  6. 1 point
    Does that actually answer the question? Gliders are not the same thing as a "hang gliders, ultralights, experimental aircraft, or nontethered hot-air balloons" It appears that "flying ... following completion of the Flying Plan Checklist" would not be prohibited, and after looking at the Flying Plan Checklist I don't see anything that prohibits flying in a glider so long as it conforms to the requirements for pilot and aircraft worthiness. Any aviation experts out there want to chime in?
  7. 1 point
    Looks to me like you've already decided and the part you're struggling with is how to say no. I think it's an important skill to have. As others have said - keep it fun.
  8. 1 point
    You are right that it is 6 days of team building activities - but they are not the simple/staged/forced/artificial activities that you're probably envisioning. Things are more scenario based. Without giving anything away, the activities include: cooking (crews prepare their own dinners), challenge events (low COPE), wilderness first aid scenarios, realistic first aid (moulage), geocaching challenge, search and rescue scenarios. Woven into these is a lot of West Virginia history and several practical skills like LNT, UTM and using radios in a field exercise. There is a backpacking overnight, a conservation project and a rededication to Scouting ceremony. You can see how there is lots of team building opportunity without being traditional team building activities. And remember - this is not an outdoor skills session, it is a leadership session. You will (may) learn some new outdoor skills or activities that you can take back to your unit but the focus for the course is on the leadership aspects of the activity. Philmont is in my soul but Im excited to visit Summit and have that whole new experience. And, I too can drive so that's a bonus.
  9. 1 point
    How about ( with props to Nancy) Just Say No?
  10. 1 point
    I keep imaging 6 days of team building activities. I'm sure it's a lot more than that, but this is one of those times the vagueness isn't helping me. Btw - gotta admit, having a Summit version is a good thing. The course fee is reasonable for this and it's nice that as a East Coast person I can drive there.
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    I gave the blue cards to the Scoutmaster last night. Will let you know how he decides to handle this/approach the scout. On another note, our young-ish and very eager MC for the next COH is driving me up the wall, lol. I told him Friday morning that I would send an advancement report later that afternoon so he could start working on the program. He emailed a half-hour later telling me I "must have forgotten" to send the report "in the rush of things".
  12. 1 point
    I'm sitting in Rwanda right now. I've been in Africa for 2 weeks. Some Safari but mostly I've been in poor areas. Over half the population makes less than $1.50 a day. That said, most people are quick to smile. I wave and smile at people and nearly everyone just lights up with a smile and waves back. In a way, it's part of their culture. But I've found it to be more than that. Some people I wave to are clearly down. Its not so much that they have little money but that they have little dignity. Many Rwandan children have been abandoned by their parents and are not in loving homes. Essentially, they are a burden on some other relative and they know it. Many parents are distraught over having to abandon their children. So what happens when someone smiles at these people? A smile says I'm happy to see you. That tiny bit of dignity can mean so much to someone that is down. I would look at adults, look right at their eyes, so they knew I was thinking of them, and I simply smiled and waved. Most would break out with a huge smile. It's as if I just affirmed that they were important. All of these interactions and I don't speak Rwandan. So when you see someone clearly having a bad day, try smiling at them. Let them know you're thinking of them. That's all a part of being cheerful.
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