SM Minute—Whose Job Is It?

November 28, 2010

Scoutmaster Minute—Whose Job Is It? (for the PLC)

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This is a story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it.  Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it.  But Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.


(from Troop Program Resources, p. 16)



4 Responses to “SM Minute—Whose Job Is It?”

  1. Arlen Ward Says:

    I find that to be true for the parents on the Cub Scout side. It’s not that nobody is willing, just that everybody thinks somebody else will do it.

    I think that is why it seems to be more effective to approach individuals with specific jobs rather than blanket announcements to a big group.

    Thanks for posting this!

  2. JC Says:

    In our Pack, Everybody knows the Cubmaster’s gonna do it!

    As I try to keep the Troop moving towards Scout-run leaderships, we’ve had several go-rounds with Everybody thinking Somebody is going to do it. When they ask, when are we having our lock-in, I ask “well, do you remember who volunteered to organize it?” “Uh, no…” is the response. Well, you asked for Scout run, so go run with it.

    That’s kind of scary, to let the guys run with stuff. That’s a big difference when the cross the bridge from Webelos to a Troop.

    • Arlen Ward Says:

      I think I’ll have to find something to do at the district level when my son crosses over to Boy Scouts. Otherwise the move might give be whiplash from the change of pace. 🙂

      • JC Says:

        I worked District Activities Committee the year my older Scout crossed over, partly to give him a break to ease into the Troop. It may be easier to move from Den Leader to Scoutmaster, but it’s still difficult not to be (as Ask Andy would say) the “World’s Oldest Patrol Leader”.

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