Re: BSA Eagle Positions of Responsibility
Bob Eskridge (bob@DOUG.NMSU.EDU)
Sun, 21 Aug 1994 21:20:47 -0700
>I will tell you what ours does and what every troop that has any kind of
>reasonable size. THE BOYS DECIDE WHO FILLS LEADERSHIP POSITIONS AND I
>OBJECT TO YOUR ASKING THE QUESTION. It is your job as an adult leader of
>the troop to carefully explain the jobs to your SPL during his training
>after you have carefully explained his job to the troop and what you expect
>of him and then they have elected him. The SPL, after hearing what the jobs
>are, and after being told he will have to do whatever jobs are not done because
>of bad appointments, usually picks the right guy. Since we started doing it
>this way, we have good SPL's and the SPL has replaced two failures in positions
>in the last three years. The Boy run troop works if you give it a chance.
>Your job is safety and leadership TRAINING, not leadership.
This is of course the "book" answer. And yes the preferred method and it
does work 50% of the time. But there are times when the SM needs to
provide "additional guidance" in the selection of the troop's leadership.
I have had two situations when Scouts elected their SPL. One was an
obvious choice in my view and the second was not my first choice but I
thought would work out. In there selections for key positions, both tended
to appoint their buddies to the positions without regard to their
qualifications or interest. Fortunately, I had to intervene only in one
particular instance in replacing a boy. In both instances however, this
"learning opportunity" cost the troop two Webelo dens who were interested
in joining us. The leadership was more interested in their personal
agendas rather than the troop program. When I provided "additional
training" things eventually worked out. Now I take a more active role in
the position selections. I feel I have an obligation not only to the
Scouts in electing their own leadership but also to the rest of the troop
who may not be part of the particular cliche being elected.
I am sure this is not the "book" method, but one I have found needed to be
implemented for the good of the rest of the program.
Robert L. Eskridge
Intelligent Reasoning Systems, Inc.
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0001
Ph: (505) 646-7682 Fax: (505) 646-7869
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