Decision making in a Scout Troop is in the hands of the youth leadership; admittedly not the ‘rightest’, ‘smartest’, or ‘most qualified’ decision makers at times.
Every decision in the world is made by the person who has the power to make that decision—not the “right” person, or the “smartest” person, or the “most qualified” person, and in most cases not you. If you influence this decision maker, you will make a positive difference. If you do not influence this person, you will not make a positive difference. Make peace with this. You will have a better life! And, you will make more of a positive difference in your organization and you will be happier.
I can just say ‘no’, (I am the Scoutmaster after all). Alternatively I can try to make a positive difference or I can decide to have no influence.
Say no rarely, make a positive influence regularly and choose not to have an opinion often.
When you say no you’ve made the decision. When you’ve said something you’ve influenced the decision, when you say nothing the Scouts have decided for themselves.