Re: Committee Input
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Wed, 12 May 1993 18:08:57 CDT
Jim Sleezer <JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET> writes:
>The discussions about whose program is it caused me to look back at my
>notes for Thursday night's Roundtable. While the program clearly belongs
>to the Scouts, the annual planning process calls for the SM to do his
>homework in advance and this includes meeting with the troop committee for
>their input--before the Scouts become involved.
Before the SM meets with the Troop Committee, he or she should sit
down with his SO and discuss the prior year's Scouting activities. How
*did* it impact upon the family? How would his or her continued
service impact in the coming year? Is there some special event
(BIG anniversary, family reunion, military/civilian job move,
external evaluation period, new child, etc.) that will take ALL
activities in the coming year? This is a great time to sit with your
SO and place these things ON CALENDARS (as much as you can) BEFORE you
go and meet with the Troop Committee.
Also, before you meet, you should have at your disposal a listing of
your "days off" that you will request from the Troop Committee for
those reasons. Just because you as Scoutmaster will be off having (or
witnessing) the birth of your eleventh child, don't mean that the
program stops (it WILL stop if you did not plan this out whereby your
trained and coached First Assistant Scoutmaster will assume the
Scoutmaster role until you return or ready--it also resolves "power
plays" within the Troop Committee, forcing them to decide or do
nothing--or worse, to call you in Alaska to ask you about this
>The SM should have a list
>of goals for the troop and they, along with the calendar, should be reviewed
>by the troop committee before the Scouts plan their annual program.
The SM should also have the records of the number of Scouts that have
been camping in the past year and the application slip for the BSA's
National Camping Award. While it is no longer required to be earned by
a unit as part of the Scoutmaster's performance for the Scoutmasters'
Key, it is *still* by far, the best indicator I have as a Commissioner
that the Troop is applying the Scouting program to all aspects of the
>'simple' step will reduce future problems and may result in some changes.
>**Remember, though, that these goals will not be finalized until after the
>junior leaders have 'bought in' at the annual planning conference.**
>If you have not seen it and used it, I heartily recommend the Troop Program
>Planning Kit (video and notebook, BSA No. 33018, copyright 1991). The SM
>should review the entire kit before proceeding with the planning process.
>The video is in three parts, the first is for scoutmasters, not boys. If
>you put it to work for you, you will have a great plan--and a great program
Don't forget that there are large planning sheets also available
from your Council office....get several of them, along with your
Council's filled-in or blank Scouting Program Planning Calendars. They
are also available from your local Council office.
Finally, don't forget to recognize your SOs that have provided you
ways in which to exercise your supervision over Scouts....a good way
is to use the "Thank You" certificates from BSA supply. A better way
would be to give your SO some roses and a nice personalized thank-you
card. The best way would be for you to take your SO to dinner, with
the roses and the card!
Mike L. Walton
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