Re: Selecting a new Scoutmaster
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Tue, 2 Nov 1993 08:19:03 CST
Steven Crawford <crawf_s@CS.ODU.EDU> writes:
> At my second monthly meeting as a committee chairman of my scout
>troop, my scoutmaster of five years resigned. The committee handbook tells
>what to do when you are starting up a new troop, but is vague about the
>process. I understand it to read that I am to head up a task force with
>my Charter Organization Representative (since he has ultimate authority anyway)
>a council rep (most likely the Unit Commissioner), and a couple of parents or
>other interested parties.
That's about right, Steve. With the new emphasis on the Chartered
Organization knowing whom it is working with the Troop, the Chartered
Partner Representative (COR) needs to be ACTIVELY involved. Seeking
your Unit's Commissioner is not a bad idea, as well as other District
resources that would help.
Two of those resources lie with your District's Executive/Director.
He has a listing which is maintained quarterly of Eagle Scouts
residing in his District whom are members of the National Eagle Scout
Association (NESA). He or she uses that listing mainly as a "cold
call" listing to solicit monies for the local Council, to get
volunteers for the District and to assist the local District's NESA
efforts (where there is a significant NESA presence). Ask him for
some names from the list (I doubt very seriously he or she'll give you
a copy...but who knows...) as some "possibilities".
The other is a flyer explaining the process of "Securing a
Scoutmaster". I have a copy of it here someplace (it will take me a
while to find it), but you can get a copy from your DE/DD or from the
local Council office. It outlines the steps your Troop should take in
selecting a new Scoutmaster.
>Our COR has a hands off approach.
Once again, Steve, the COR needs to be KNEE DEEP in this process, not
as a rubber stamp to what you and the other members of the Troop's
Committee decide upon. When it comes down to brass tacks, it is HIS
or HER signature that tells the local Council "hey, fine with OUR
ORGANIZATION (note the emphasis on the organization rather than the
person....please remember that the BSA is holding chartered
organizations responsible for anything occuring now...this is still a
new concept for many to understand).
>He is very
>knowledgable of scouting and VERY supportive of the troop. He most likely
>will approve anyone I recommend. My main question is am I going about this
>the right way. I don't think it is a committee as a whole type decision. We
>have asked all ASMs to recommend anyone they think could be interested (even
>themselves) and I am soliiciting some longtime scouting friends. I would
>just like some reassurance that I am doing this right since this is one topic
>that I don't have documentation for, and I do have some parents who might
>accuse me or anyone they feel like of doing something sneaky if I can not
>back up myself with documentation. Fortunately, my scouting history and
>knnowledge of policies (and this list) keeps the one stickler from complaining.
>I thank you in advance.
No problem, Steve. I hope that the resources I've spoken of along
with your work in the Troop to find the best person to advise and work
with the youth helps.
If someone else can find a current copy of "Securing A Scoutmaster",
please share it with us...I am sure that my copy was written pre-YPP
and therefore, of some value but not as much as the current one would
be to Steve and others. Thanks!
Mike L. Walton
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