Troop SPL,PL Elections - How often?
Daniel Bailey (0005552689@MCIMAIL.COM)
Thu, 28 Oct 1993 06:37:00 GMT
What is an appropriate time interval to have patrol leader elections and senior
patrol leader elections? We've had them about once a year, but it seems that
sometimes the boys lose interest in their responsibilities. What's a good
balance? Any practical experiences? I really believe in a boy-run troop, but
sometimes it seems that the boys don't want to pay the price to run it. I
remember getting a bit tired of being a patrol leader when I was a scout. I
can't remember how often we had troop elections.
I also sympathize with the troop that had only 2 or 3 boys on a backpacking trip
that had been planned several months in advance. We had planned a major canoe
trip down the Upper Missouri National Wild & Scenic River in Montana this year.
The trip had been planned and announced and printed on troop calendars 1 year in
advance, and it ended up that only 2 boys, my son, and the son of one of my
Assistant Scoutmasters could go. This is in a troop which is a pretty good
troop, had about 10 boys at summer camp, and has about 20 scouts.
I had decided not to go which just left my Assistant Scoutmaster and his son to
go. My wife strongly suggested that I go (she said that I'd be crabby all week
if I didn't go - I can't imagine that :-) so I finally decieded to go. I'm
really glad I did. It was incredible. Really wild, really scenic (except for
the B52 that cruised over us below the rim of the canyon as we floated down the
river, and the F18s that were practicing combat tactics)
Anyway, we hope to prevent that from happening on next year's 50-miler by making
sure that we've raised some money so people can't claim they don't have the
money, which I think was the major consideration for some of the scouts that
couldn't go. Also I think that one thing we could have done is to have more
concrete plans printed and distributed to parents in the winter/early spring.
Also I'm planning for the troop to hike portions of the trail that we'll be
hiking so the boys can see where we'll be going.
Daniel S. Bailey
Eagle, class of 76
Scoutmaster Troop 88 Colorado Springs, CO
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