Managing troop elections
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Wed, 5 Oct 1994 14:23:49 CST
I'm sure we all understand the importance of SM guidance in the election
process. I recently heard of a real guidance system. What follows is my
interpretation of the situation since the information was second hand. It
amazes me what well intentioned leaders will do.
It was election night. Among other things, two smaller patrols would be
combined to make one of satisfactory size. The other two patrols were
to remain as is. The SPL was not standing for reelection since his school
schedule was demanding a lot of time.
The SM began the election by asking several scouts to assume various
positions--Troop Scribe, Troop Quartermaster, ASPL (all appointed positions).
The appointee for Troop Scribe wasn't interested since he had not planned to
take a leadership position this time (he was an APL and school seemed to be
a bit overwhelming right now). The appointee for ASPL (currently a PL) had
planned to run for SPL and said so. One person described the SM as beinging
real concerned since this scout might get elected and he wanted a different
scout (a year older) to be elected. The SM then conducted the election and
his choice for SPL was elected.
BTW, the SM is having a bit of trouble understanding why the PLC isn't taking
the leadership role it should be. . . .
Roundtable Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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