Re: New SM Questions
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Wed, 20 Oct 1993 13:38:40 -0500
> 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
> they want. Should I have steered them or over-ruled them on this
> How much of the Troop is "their" Troop?
perhaps the discussion with the Patrol Leaders Council should have been
tabled until another units feelings were discovered. Maybe, maybe not.
Its their troop, ths does give them the oppurttunity to deliver their own
bags, possible increasing the number for the project.
is responsible for supporting the program; was it on the calendar? Is
a member of the pack, the cubmaster or pack chairman, also a member of
the troop committee. Communications is very important.
> Problem 2: The old SM, who's still on Committee, ran Troop meetings, had
> trying to criticize,... but" statements? He and a couple others in the
> really don't believe the boys should run the Troop.
unfortunately it may be a situation that you have to live with. In my troop
there is only one Scoutmaster at a time! Sounds like he might not be trained
on the way a troop operates. My troop has two former Scoutmasters on the
troop committee, if we have problems with his style of operation we take
it up with him personally, not at a committee meeting. Neither one
of us wants to hassle him or the troop. talk it over with the Unit
Commissioner, he or she may have had dealings with the former.
> 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
> to the
> SM and also to his PL, but with nobody reporting to him.
my preference is that they are under age assistants to you, the Scoutmaster.
The Troop Junior Leader Training package may help with the points. Check it
> 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
> again!!) feels
> that the young boys won't retain anything if I go through it with them.
H&S standards on age for advanced activity, but it takes 20 nights to qualify
for the merit badge. the sooner they get started the better, but make it
saf3e and fun. I've had 2nd year/First class pull it off, but that was an
Jay Bemis, still an Owl
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