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Current condition of 8 GTS

I have been in this troop for 5 years. I have never seen the troop in a condition like this before. 5 years back , the troop has 50 members. Now, only 25. This is maybe due to more and more kids playing computer and video games rather than going for co-curricular activities. But to me, the main cause of this horrific situation comes from within the troop. Discipline and Integrity are not even practiced by any of our sea scouts nowadays, not even a single bit. A scout can promise to attend certain meetings or events but fail to show up without prior notice. Our scouts now do not show any kind of respect to their seniors or even to their fellow scouts when they meet or talk to them. Recently, a CTC PL bravely demand me to help him in his competitions while I was busy with my SPM preparation , how rude. Some even show their pathetic attitude towards me and the other Form 5's. Then , comes the ''news of the century'' , 8GTS won Jota-Jota 2009. Yes , this is a great achievement but the EGO showed by some of the scouts are unbearable. Please bear in mind that you are just a champ in this local camp and not the whole state. Not even 50 % of the state's scouts or guides joined the camp especially the likes of CLHS and PCGHS. Are you guys even worthy of being a champion of the state while you guys can't even win a gathering. Why be proud of such a mediocre achievement while your own CTC 09 is in a disarray and jeopardy. I and my peers personally gave some advice to current EXCOs during their Jota-Joti meetings to organise CTC 09 to be a successful camp. But our advises are treated like the wind blowing in the air. Some EX-scouts wanted to lend a hand but the boasting of some scouts after the victory of Jota-Joti angered them.

Now, CTC 09 is only running with 2 schools and 2 patrols. We are not saying that you must follow and relive the success of CTC 7-8 years ago, we are merely asking you to provide a good camp that trains people and put a smile on their faces when the camp ends. Nevertheless, it is already showing clear cut signs that our once beloved troop is going to be vanished into thin air within a year or two. Still, these people take things for granted. If they do not show a good performance during this 2 patrolled - camp. There wont be anything to impress the First Formers during Recruitment Drive next year. No first formers will be interested to join and that will be the end of it. Why did all this happen? Bad decisions of the EXCOs ? Or is it the fault of the members itself? The answer is YES YES and YES. Recently my juniors complained to me that their PL don't conduct meetings often as CTC is fast approaching. (2 more weeks). The progress is slow and some competitions haven't even started. This is the fault of the EXCOs for putting this idiotic PL in charge instead of someone better. What about the members? The current members of 8GTS are mostly useless, worthless and brainless. They do not show any or sufficient commitment to the troop. They have the stupidest and lamest excuses for failing to attend a troop meeting. Sometimes you see them, MOSTLY you don't. Without the collaboration of leaders and members, the troop will fall much faster than expected. Sad to say, after all we former scouts have tried to scold, nurture them and give advices to them, they still don't understand. I hope those who read this turn over a new leaf and keep the troop alive.

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