Rob White (rsw@TFS.COM)
Wed, 15 Mar 1995 08:43:00 EST
We had a most interesting Round Table discussion last night (Seneca District,
Lincoln Heritage Council, Louisville KY). One of the items we talked
about was how units elect their Senior Patrol Leader and the duration
of their term. There is not a lot of guidence on how this should be done.
Term durations: 6 months and 12 month terms. The longer terms seem to
"burn out" leaders.
Election methods varied:
1: Direct election by the troop at large. New boys voting for someone
they do not even know.
2: Patrols elect their Patrol Leader, the Patrol Leader Council
elects the Senior Patrol Leader. This insures that the SPL
is a "known element" to those electing him.
3: Do not elect an SPL, elect the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader either
by direct election or Patrol Leader Council. The ASPL will
automatically move up to SPL when the SPL steps down.
3a: A variation of #3 except the troop has two ASPLs. In this case,
the ASPLs are elected for a one year term at six month
intervals. This insures that the SPL has at least one year
of troop experience working with the "management" of the troop
before taking over as ASPL.
4: Any of the above, but limit the Senior Patrol Leader to one term
only, ie they can only serve as the SPL once in their scouting
Our troop uses the six month election method with the PLC electing the
SPL but we are now looking at the ASPL election method. We try to hold our
elections the last day of summer camp (early June) and last meeting of
December. This gives us and experience SPL at Summer Camp and gives the
new SPL from summer time to get a program well planned for the fall.
I would like to hear what other units do.
Rob White rsw@tfs.COM
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