I’m organizing a couple big shooting events in the coming months. These things barely cover the cost of doing them, and certainly don’t generate enough to pay staff, so we rely on volunteers. I’d organized a core staff of about 30 folks shooters, and an auxiliary of 35 (or so I thought) of local youth helping out as a fundraiser.
Alas today, as I’m reading this prescient article “The Young and the Lazy” by Gavin McInnes I get an e-mail from one of the Scout leaders saying his kids won’t be coming, and that he just can’t get them “up” for doing anything. The kicker was that they were looking forward to another shooting event where we supply the guns, ammo, and high quality (as in among the best in the nation) instructors. Uhmm… right.
So I’m left with 20 from our local Sheriff Explorers – who are on a track for law enforcement or military careers – and who once committed can be expected to be there, in uniform, working their butts off. They will work, and they will also get thousands of rounds of ammo, and days of cool times on the range in the coming months.
And I wondered… when did Scouts get lazy?
My next call… our local Jr. ROTC liaison. That’s the only group of kids I can think of that I think will understand the value of working from dawn to dusk on a Saturday.
As to Gavin’s article… read it (be prepared for salty language). I’ve had some encounter with the “meh” attitude towards work he’s encountered, but not as bad as he’s had. And generally during interviews of folks I didn’t hire. But he is in the belly of the best – NYC – and hiring from the worst of the worst – eastern “elite” colleges.
My advice to Gavin… search for his interns amongst returning veterans. They will empty his trash bins with glee – and figure out a better way to do it while at it.