Re: BSA Eagle Positions of Responsibility
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Mon, 22 Aug 1994 10:40:14 PDT
John Pannell <PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM> writes:
>>...and the priority goes to the guys going from Life to Eagle
>WRONG!!!! The "priority", if that word can even be used, goes to who the
>boys elect and who the SPL, with the SM's consultation, appoints. The boys
>choose their leaders, not the adults.
Yes, John, you are quite right. On rereading my message, I did not make it
clear that the Senior Patrol members appoint the boy leaders (other than the
Patrol Leaders -- elected by the Patrol members -- and Troop Guides --
selected by me, the SM). But it is also true that they take into account
who needs leadership for rank. And a Life Scout approaching Eagle (we
have six at the moment) is more likely to get an Eagle-required position
than a new First Class Scout.
As you suggested, Den Chiefs are self-selected; the Scout will indicate to
me that he wants to be a Den Chief, and I find a Pack for him. JASMs are
older Scouts who have earned their Eagle or former SPLs. Instructors are
named by the Senior Patrol.
We are having two Historians this year: one for the usual task of recording
Troop history as it is made, and the second will work on developing plans
and contacting former Troop 24 members for our 75th anniversary next year.
That will also help with our large class of First Class Scouts.
A word about the Troop Guide: because he is such a critical figure in
the New Scout Patrol (more on that in a later post), I want to make sure
that I have the very best qualified person for the job. Retaining those
New Scouts is vital to the health of the Troop, so I want to get the right
person for the job. It is also a hard position, probably as hard as or
harder than any in the Troop, even SPL. So I want to make sure that he is
committed to following through.
Perhaps I am still a little gun-shy from some Scouts who were here when I
arrived four years ago whom I felt were not particularly helpful or even
kind to young Scouts; they have moved on now, but were a large enough clique
to have an impact on elections and selections. So, for now at least, I
reserve for myself (and my ASMs) the role of selecting the Troop Guide(s).
When the tradition and expectations of the Troop Guide have become more
institutionalized in another year or too, I can foresee turning that
responsibility over to the Senior Patrol as well.
I also mentioned that I had organized the Den Chief Conference. Actually,
I picked the date and the staff (all boys). With syllabus in hand, they
put on the course. And that's why I think it was a big success.
Alan R. Houser
Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24
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