Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Wed, 20 Oct 1993 15:19:39 CDT
Peter Van Houten <peterva@QM.WV.TEK.COM> writes:
>Here's an idea I heard about and wondered what others think about this. In
>Boy Scouts you have older boys (maybe not quite Eagle) but in order to keep
>them involved you can make them Junior Assistant Scout Masters, and give them
>I've been looking at ways to keep the 5th graders or 2nd year Webelos
>involved in Cub Scouts so that they can graduate into Boy Scouts. The idea
>that was proposed to me was to assign (depending on the number of 2nd year
>boys) one boy per Pack meeting the duties of Junior Assistant Cub Master, who
>would assist the Cubmaster with the Pack meeting. This would mean assisting
>with ceremonies, cheers, songs, anything that the Cubmaster might be doing.
>As part of this you would have a temporary Assistant Cubmaster patch which
>could be placed on the scouts arm, and possibly give him some token
>recognizing his service as JACM.
>Well....any thoughts on this idea?
A great idea in principle but a terrible idea in practice. Some
Scouters will perceive this as you "making fun" of the JASM and the
important role he has in the Troop operation.
Let me see if I can explain this as briefly as I can, since I'm due
over at the library and Jessiann's waiting on me to get there (and
besides the fact that I've haven't been in the greatest of moods today
don't help things, either...)
The BSA came up with the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster in the earliest
days of the program. Star, Life and Eagle Scouts were chosen to serve
as Junior Assistants, because they knew the program and how to do the
skills needed, while many adults (especially "urban" and "suburban"
adults that have never been camping or hiking or stalking or tracking
before) don't know those skills. It was hoped (and proved) that while
the Junior Assistant lacked the maturity to become a Assistant
Scoutmaster, he would gain the leadership exeperience and the maturity
by giving meaningful teaching tasks to share with both the adults and
the youth of the Troop.
Sort of like a bridge between the adults and the youth members.
As the program went onward, the role of this officer, which was then
as now, appointed by the Scoutmaster and confirmed by the Troop's
Committee, changed with the times. In the 40s and 50s, he WAS a
Assistant Scoutmaster (the third Assistant in many Troops) and many
Troops counted upon him to work closely with the Troop's Patrol
Leaders (in particular, the new Patrol Leaders...this is part of my
personal basis for hating the "new Scout Patrol" and the "Troop
Guide"). In other Troops, the JASM assisted the Senior Patrol Leader
by providing another "supervisor" to take Scouts camping overnight.
In the 60s, the JASM did roles comparable to today's Assistant
Scoutmaster--Varsity or the WEBELOS Den Resource Person. He either
worked with the "staff patrols" of the Troop, supervising their
activities or he worked with Cub Scout Packs insuring that the Arrow
of Light ceremonies were coordinated and in many cases, conducting
(I will have to complete this later)
Mike L. Walton
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