Re: BSA Eagle Positions of Responsibility
Corey Mercy (MERCY@SMCVAX.SMCVT.EDU)
Mon, 22 Aug 1994 12:47:51 -0400
On Mon, 22 Aug 1994, Don Izard wrote:
> Scout Johnny is 15, and has just Earned his Eagle rank.
> He has served as an assistant Patrol leader, Patrol leader,
> Troop Scribe and Quarter master. He served as ACTING SPL
> at 2 summer camps, since the other SPL did not attend.
> The elected SPL and Johnny do NOT get allong. Johnny is
> a very quiet but hard working scout. The elected SPL
> is the populat BIG mouth type, and has been elected SPL
> for the past 3 terms. Johnny hardly even goes to meetings
> anymore. He ran for SPL the last 3 times, and lost to the
> same guy.
> Should Johnny have the opportunity to be the Senior Patrol leader?
> Should the same guy run for a 4th term against JohnnY?
> Johnny told the SPL and SM, he don't want to run for SPL anymore.
> In fact, he may dop out of scouts. He does not want to just
> be Scribe or QM again. He also does not like to spend all his
> time teaching the NEW scouts, while the SPL and his buddies
> sit in the back and fool arround.
> YES< both the elected SPL and Johnny have been to JLT. Johnny
> has also been active in the OA, and served in leadship positions,
> and been to OA officer training and conclaves, etc.
> He also has had to fill in for both the SPL and the ASPL when
> they both fail to show up at meetings, which leaves Johnny to
> try to put together a meeting at the last minute, which makes
> it even more dificult for him to stand in front of the troop,
> and lead with little or no PLANNING.
> This is NOT to try to say, the other SPL should be removed either.
> He is maybe an AVERAGE SPL, and maybe Johnny whould not be any
> better. BUT, he may never get a chance to try.
This is a difficult situation. I would most likely do acouple of things.
First, if the SPL isn't doing his job and performing at acceptable
standards then I would strongly consider removing this priviledge. He
accepted the position with full knowledge of what was to be expected of
him. As far as Johnny, as much as I would like to see him become SPL it
is still up to the boys as to who gets voted in. Although, you may
consider mentioning Johnny's achievements and what he has done for the
troop so far. If Johnny doesn't get elected as SPL, then maybe some
creative planning on the leaders part will help Johnny receive the
recognition he wants, and deserves, in another way.
Just some thoughts, not sure if there right or wrong. This tend to be a
very aukward situation.
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