What do you do with JASMs?
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Mon, 22 Aug 1994 10:42:30 PDT
I have the wonderful problem of having three Scouts who have completed
all of their leadership requirements for Eagle. One just passed his
Eagle Board of Review last Thursday, and a second should complete his
by the end of the year. The third, last year's SPL, well, you know ...
They will all be named Junior Assistant Scoutmasters next month. We
have had a JASM for the last two years, but we didn't really have a good
job description for him. Fortunately, he was so committed to the Troop
and making it work, that he would do whatever was asked of him. He is off
to college in two weeks, and we will miss him.
Prior to that, any older Scout who stayed around long enough to make Eagle
disappeared shortly thereafter, so we have no good historical role models.
I have asked at our Roundtables, but most everyone has the same problem,
retaining their older Scouts. Well, I'm retaining them, but what do I do
My question is, what would be some good tasks to set up for our new JASMs?
For our last JASM, without a clear expectation or job description, even he
felt like a fifth wheel at times. Finally, we came up with his working
with the Troop Guides on planning advancement opportunities. I would like
some other ideas to present to the new JASMs to take on for the next year
so that they will feel like they still have a vital contribution to make,
instead of leaving it all up to the younger Scouts behind them, or looking
over their shoulders.
Alan R. Houser
Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City