Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Mon, 19 Apr 1993 22:57:00 MST
One way to work on this problem is to train your SPL properly. When I look
back on it, I am begining to see why I kept being elected Senior Patrol
Leader. The other scouts saw the job I was doing and did not want to do
all that work. Example: The troop I was a part of frequently had 40+
scouts going on a camp out. In the winter time we would use the State Park
Group Cabin Facilities in Michigan (for large groups, these were nice
facilities). Because there was one kitchen the duty roster was by patrols.
One would set up for the meal, one would cook, and another would clean-up.
The SPL would be supervising and helping (training hands on method) during
all stages. Where did I learn to do this, from the SPL before me. My
replacement learned from me.
The point is, in my opinion, the SPL position is a HANDS ON MANAGMENT JOB.
If done right, there will be no scouting mentality related to the older
scout who is the senior patrol leader. What about the other older Scouts?
While the JASM who was SPL is acting as advisor to the SPL. The ASPL is
buty getting the afternoon game/activity setup and ready.
If you are tenting out and cooking by patrols, it is the SPL's job to
approve all duty rosters. Just making the scouts write it down will prompt
them to make it a more fair distribution of work. Once it is written out
and posted, there is no way you will get the 11 year old to wash the
dishes when the 14 year old's name is on the list.
If you get a system established and it appears to be a fair system, even
the older scouts will participate and do their part. When their name is on
the duty list they know that either they will waste a lot of time trying to
avoid doing the work and then end up doing it any way or they can
just do the work and get it out of the way so they can enjoy themselves
with somre more fun activities.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
I really did enjoy being SPL and doing all that work, .... I did really!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City