Im finding our waiting list to be hard hard work. In fact, I must confess to being overwhelmed.
We set out our stall - admissions criteria if you like.
we have 50 kids of varying ages wanting to join. 21 of those are eligible in the next 12 months (and some are already 6).
Now im getting pressure from various quarters to let little jonny in. Because his mum /dad has offered to help (yep, heard that one before. Amazingly they ALL stop helping within 1 term). Because his grandparent is on the exec. Because his dad helped the scouts out once. because dad is a scouter in a far away district. because because because...
Im all for nepotism when it comes to leaders' kids, but this is rather taking the ****. I have kids who are 6 who have been on the list since they were 2, and Im being presured to bring other kids in (whose names are not even on the list yet because no one has bothered to give me any details) ahead of them.
Im also very concerned at the number of kids with special needs crossing the threshold. Some we know about in advance. Others (inlcuding one of the aforementioned) give no details. because of my role in one of the local schools, I know these children are being assessed for stuff. I cant turn a child down on that basis though, because thats a breach of confidentiality.
As it is, we currently have 6 high need kids (ADHD, ASD, ODD, EBD etc). Next year we will be taking in siblings, one with ODD and one with CF.
I feel some of the quieter children are missing out on good scouting experiences because we spend a lot of time dealing with the "broken" ones (for want of a better term).
I have 3 leaders, 4 regular parent helpers and 3 young leaders, so I am lucky, but I dont know that I can cope with any more high need children.
As it is, I am considering asking the latest mummy to take an appointment and run a second colony so that we can split the more difficult children between two groups.
Please tell me someone else gets this level of pressure?
all this is not helped by the fact that my youngest swims up in December. I look at all this and think....sod it. I shouldnt feel like this really, should I.