Re: BOR & ASM's
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Wed, 8 Feb 1995 13:55:46 -0600
At 11:31 AM 2/7/95 PST, Murphy Peter wrote:
>I plan to join the Troop committee in the outdoors/activities seat but I
>remain CM of the Pack for a few years yet (my youngest starts Tiger Cubs
>this fall and then there's one in the middle). Since my primary
>will be as CM, does that mean I wear that uniform (blue loops and shoulder
>patch) at all times? Or do I wear a Troop specific uniform to Troop
As a Troop Committee member, you are not required to wear a uniform to Troop
functions. I see no reason for you to have to purchase a new uniform for
the Troop at this time. You could wear your Cub Masters uniform if you want
although that may be confusing.
What one of my friends who wore many hats did was put velcro strips on her
uniform where the various patches went and on the back of the patches
themselves. This way she could remove her troop number and troop position
and put on her commissioner's patch and arrowhead. Then by changing her
shoulder loops from red to silver, she was in her commissioner's uniform.
What you can do is put velcro behind your pack number and troop number (if
different) and behind your Cubmaster and Committee patches and you'd be set.
>What about merit badge counselors? I've read the pamphlet on being a
>merit badge counselor. Is there any other required or suggested training?
>Besides the usual adult registration form is there a MB counselor
>registration form? Does the Troop find all of its MB counselors within the
>Troop or does the district/council maintain a roster to choose from?
No there is no other training required. You should select MB in fields you
have the expertise in. A second Adult Application is required (above the
one registering you in your Troop) and a MB Counselor form needs to be
turned in specifying what MBs you will be a counselor for and why you
qualify to be a counselor for those MBs. The district or council does
maintain a roster (ususally) of MB counselors available and issues these
(again usually) once a year to each troop.
>I haven't asked my Troop because I know none of the committee and the
>SM have NOT been to training. The SM has been doing the job for years
>and I know he's a good guy. But I'm afraid he's a little lax in BOR
>and accepting any adult's signing off on a MB. The Unit Commissioner
>serves as the ASM and I'm sure he's trained and knowledgeable.
Obviously, this is not a quality unit. In a Quality Unit, there would be
Two-Deep trained leadership. See if you or the Unit Commissioner can get
this guy trained!
As for any adult signing off on a MB, I'm a little suprised (make that a
lot). I have a feeling you are in error here. While MB must be signed off
by a qualified MB counselor, the rank advancement requirements for
Tenderfoot through First Class do not have that restriction. In many troops
I have seen, they allow these requirements to be signed off by any adult. I
might be wrong, but I think according to the regulations, that only a leader
(adult or boy) can sign off on those requirements.
>My wife hasn't decided where to register next year. She finishes 4 years
>as a den/Webelos leader soon, she's on district Cub training staff, she's
>asst. chair for Pow Wow next year. She hopes to attend CST and TtT
>this Spring and CS Wood Badge in the Summer. (I've been invited
>also but doubt we both can work it in the same year.) Our ideas include
>Tiger Cub partner (she's never done it and this is her last chance), Tiger
>Cub Coach, Den Leader Coach (the pack's never had one), or a Troop
>position since she loves the outings. The Troop's never had any female
>leaders and as you might gather she's rather outgoing. How will the older
>boys who don't know her already through CS accept her? Anyone have
>any words of wisdom/advice?
My only suggestion for this woman is watch for burn out. It's wonderful
when you can accomplish all this stuff, but now and then I've met people who
have trouble saying NO. Put on your plate what you can handle, but when
asked if you can handle something that won't fit, say NO.
As for taking a Troop position, I see no problem. I am amazed at how many
troops still have never had a female leader. In this day and age it is
incredulous. I have worked with many female leaders and most of them were
accepted by the boys with little or no problem. The few female leaders I
have seen have problems did so because they treated the Scouts as children
instead of young adults (the same holds true for male leaders).
>Boy, after 5 years of Scouts it looks like the fun is just beginning and
>our schedule is going to get even busier.
You got that right!
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