New SM Questions
Marc Godbout (Marc_Godbout_at_Notes-Gate@SCENG.UB.COM)
Wed, 20 Oct 1993 08:19:40 PST
I'm a fairly new (2 months) SM and I'd like some of your experience here.
Problem 1: Based on the training I've had and what I've read on SCOUTS-L
and rec.scouting, I firmly believe in the "Boys run the Troop" goal. But
wondering how far does "Guiding" go before it turns into "Running". One
example - Our council once a year does the "Scouting for Food" good turn.
Basically, we put out empty bags on one weekend and pick them up,
hopefully filled with food, the next. When this started about 5 yrs ago,
decided to have the Cubs drop the bags off on the first weekend and the
troop pick the food up on the next. When the Troop shrank they asked the
Webelos to help pick up. This evolved into the whole Pack helping the
pick-up. Now our Troop is large enough to do the pick-up on our own, so
asked the PLC what they wanted. They preferred to do the pick-up on
so that's what we told the Pack. Now the Pack is angry at us for not
hem and I'm getting flak from the Troop Committee for letting the boys do
they want. Should I have steered them or over-ruled them on this
How much of the Troop is "their" Troop?
Problem 2: The old SM, who's still on Committee, ran Troop meetings, had
PLC meetings, and had boy leaders - up to SPL - in more or less
roles, ie. no real responsibilites - just a patch to make tenure for
He obviously does not like the way the meetings are run, doesn't believe
boys should break up into Patrol Meetings, and has problems with the ways
the boys lead their respective groups. How do I handle his constant "I'm
trying to criticize,... but" statements? He and a couple others in the
really don't believe the boys should run the Troop.
Problem 3: What do I do with a JASM? The Scout books are very vague on
what duties I should give him. The lates org charts show him reporting
SM and also to his PL, but with nobody reporting to him.
Problem 4: How old are boys ready for the Camping Merit Badge? I think
if they're camping now they're ready now, but the old SM (not him
that the young boys won't retain anything if I go through it with them.
Any ideas, experiences, suggestions, ... would be most helpful.
SM Troop 402
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