Leaving as Scoutmaster
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Tue, 7 Jun 1994 13:02:01 -0700
I fully agree with Jack Weinmann that you have to let everyone know as
soon as possible about your leaving. If you don't, the Troop Committee
doesn't have time to do a good search and they will pick your heir-apparent
without considering your qualms about his readiness.
The boys especially need to know so that they won't feel abandoned. One
of the greatest things I have experienced as a Scoutmaster is the
relationship with the boy leaders. You are a very very strong role model
to them, and they deserve to be treated with respect. They will understand
your reasons for stepping down, but not for walking out on them.
With your announced departure, your ASM may be more receptive to your
suggestions about how to improve his skills in anticipation of taking over.
Then again, maybe not. One thing I discovered, however, upon moving up
from Cub Scouts into the Troop, is that the boy leaders know their role
and will defend it. I was roundly but politely reprimanded by them when
I tried to "help" resolve a dispute that rightfully was their concern.
That is, of course, if they have been well trained (by you) to know their
As for your own role in Scouting, again I agree with Jack: there are
plenty of opportunities for good, well-trained Scouters at the District
and Council levels. If you want to continue working with the boys,
consider a role in Junior Leader Training (such as Brownsea, as it is
called here). Or Eagle Boards. Or Order of the Arrow. If you want to
work with adult leaders, there are training courses that need staff,
District Committee, Commissioner, Round Tables.
Good luck to you in whichever direction you travel.
Alan R. Houser
Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24
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