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Here's what I have observed in some committee meetings where I am. A few of the parents of Scouts who are no longer in the troop complain that current parents are not volunteering and honestly, they start to come across like the only ones capable of getting anything done. Do they go out and ask the current parents to volunteer? No. They put a note in the minutes saying they need someone to volunteer and then complain that no one shows up. I asked a mom from my former den if she would take over the wreath sale. She said yes as long as she doesn't have to attend committee meetings. Voila! A new parent is volunteering. The mom who was doing the wreaths and her son is leaving is happy, and she was very nice. Score one for the new parents. Now some of the "old" parents are complaining that their fundraisers suck. (My family sold $700, but whatever.) I volunteered to our committee chair and Scoutmaster to run a candy fundraiser if the PLC supports the idea, and I offered to get them info. and candy samples so they could check it out. I have heard back -- nothing. So here I am, a new parent trying to help out, appropriately, and I'm getting nowhere with it. So I try to wait patiently until one of the more experienced adults actually wants assistance. We need a new Treasurer, but the outgoing Treasurer basically said that he trusts no one else to do the job. It's frustrating, really! I've made like 4 or more nominations for a new Treasurer. My fingers are crossed. So, I have some frustrations with old Scouters who complain about new parents.