Re: BSA Eagle Positions of Responsibility
David Weintraub (dhw@HPTELE24.TELERATE.COM)
Mon, 22 Aug 1994 17:07:19 -0500
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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 along. Johnny is
> a very quiet but hard working scout. The elected SPL is the popular 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.
Seems like the problem is the Scout Patrol Leader does not understand
his job. I think Johnny is tired of doing the work, but not getting
the recognition he deserves. Talk with Johnny and let him know that
you appreciate the job he's doing. Then tell him to relax and not
to cover for someone else's job. Johnny has to learn not to give
himself an ulcer trying to do everyone's job. He's beginning to
burn out. Let Johnny know the best thing for him to do is to let the
SPL sink or swim on his own. Let him know that he'll enjoy scouting
more if he doesn't try to cover for everyone and see if you can
get him to stay.
Then talk to your SPL and let him know that you are personally
disappointed in him and that you feel he's not living up to
his office. Let him know that Johnny will no longer cover for him
too. Tell him that if he doesn't do his work, no one will and the
boys will get rid of him as SPL.
Either your SPL will get off his behind and do his job, or the boys will
throw him out.
If you're lucky, a few lessons will be learned here. The boys will
learn that elections are not the same as popularity contests. I have a
lot of good friends, but none I would want to elect as President.
Johnny will learn to "pace" his volunteer work and not burn himself out.
He'll also learn that the troop doesn't necessarily will fall apart
without him. A little disappointing to Johnny in a way, but a great
relief to him in other ways. And, your SPL will learn to use his
leadership qualities (which he must possess or else he wouldn't be so
It might also help Johnny and the SPL to get along a little better too.
The SPL may realize that Johnny is an important asset to the troop and
Johnny wouldn't be so resentful to the SPL if he saw the SPL do his
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