First, I can only state what I know to be true for me or my children. Second, I have completed training (such as This Is Scouting) even though I am not required to do so. Third, I never said that being a SM (or ASM or Committee Chair) wasn't hard.
As previously stated, I am not looking to take over anybody's volunteer position nor am I trying to tell anyone how to do their volunteer job. A few of the parents also see some of these things that I am ranting about here in this forum. One parent was all involved in a previous troop until they had to relocate. She is not involved in this troop because some adult volunteers made her feel not welcome after a few visits. Her oldest son has been in this troop for a while and he did not know that there was a troop library.
My oldest son is perfectly capable of speaking by himself about the troop project. He has requested that I be present in the room with him (for moral support). Also, I am the Hornaday Adviser for the troop project and would be able to answer questions or provide assistance should I be asked to do so by the troop or my son (because he is the "project manager"). The reasons for sitting in the parking lot in my car are so that I can plot my revenge and rule the scouting world (<<using best Plankton voice from Spongebob Squarepants; yes I am joking
<<. Seriously, sitting in my car is so that I do not have to endure the 1 hour of insanity that goes on; and to remove myself as a target.
I am in a difficult and delicate situation. I don't think it is right to ask any family to front (up to) $180 for food for their son's troop weekend camping trip. I don't think it is right to keep an active boy from advancing because of money. The decision would have affected my family's financial welfare. My youngest son has recently set the goal of becoming an Eagle Scout by the time he is 13. He is 11.5 now.
I think that an adult leader (SM or ASM) should be within "ear shot" of the scouts when they are planning the camping trips so that he or she can step-in and say "whoa, guys, it is ok if you want to plan one camp menu but you should have "x" number of grubmasters buying food. Carry on." Obviously, this didn't happen and I was forced with a decision that I had to make because no one who had authority was willing to step-up and make the decision that would have benefitted more than one scout.
I am not the type of person to sit back and complain or rant but isn't willing to make changes or help solve problems in ways that would or could bring out the full potential of the troop. The problem is that no one in a position of authority wants to change anything.
This troop isn't all "bad". It could be better especially when it comes to skills. Some of the scouts think it could be better also and they are in a position to bring about change. The people who have issues with me are not going to like this and I can honestly say that I had nothing to do with it because I didn't.