Re: Groups and GSL's
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Sat, 19 Nov 1994 23:41:37 EST
>> So, what the heck does a Group Scout Leader do?
>According to the theory, they can help new leaders in the group, liase
>between program leaders and the district... etc.
>However, I know at least one commissioner who sees them as a way to
>avoid the servicing required to set up group committees, and/or a way to
>circumvent group committees that oppose or disagree with the commissioner.
When I went camping this summer with a troop from the AEBP (non-
Scouts-Canada), the troop was being led by their Group Scout Leader,
because their old Scout Leader had just moved to Toronto, leaving
them temporarily without a leader.
With the Group I'm involved in as a Venturer (Trinity-Rosemount),
we have no GSL, but our group committee chairman used to be a
Scout leader (as well as going at least from Cubs through Venturers,
maybe Beavers). When the pack was having trouble finding leaders
last year, he stepped in to keep it running.
I think we can live without a Group Scout Leader in Scouts Canada.
Other Scout organizations have them, but that doesn't mean that
they're needed. It just sounds like a neat idea, so Scouts Canada
wants to implement it, maybe.
It would have to be someone with experience in all programme sections
that the group offers, and probably even all 5 sections, so that
he would know that the group needed a Venturer Company, for instance.
But that's also why we have a service team at district level.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City