William J Turner (wjturner@IASTATE.EDU)
Thu, 16 Mar 1995 10:47:48 CST
In message <199503161619.KAA04516@pop-2.iastate.edu>, email@example.com wr
>On time in office, we prefer the 12 month term. I feel that a new SPL
>needs the first 6 months to really get into the job.
In my troop, we have always had 6 month terms. While we don't generally have
too many repeats, it does allow more scouts to have the experience of running
the troop. (After all, part of scouting is to learn by doing...)
We also found that it took a new SPL 6 months to get going, so about 5 years
ago we changed our election policies to try to get rid of the sudden changes
we found every 6 months. The SPL still serves for 6 months, but now our
elections are off-set by 3 months. For instance, in May, we will hold
elections for the SPL who will take over in August. Between the election and
taking office, the SPL-elect will serve as an ASPL to learn more about how the
troop is run, etc. Then, when he becomes the SPL, the old SPL will serve as
an ASPL for 3 months (until the next election) to help ne new SPL out. Thus,
the SPL is actually elected to a 1-year term, but not all of it is as SPL.
We have found this to work very well. We've cut down a lot on the number of
"stupid" mistakes a new SPL will make. It also still allows as many scouts to
have chance at being SPL as before we made the change.
>It really depends on the makeup of your troop.
William J Turner "A leader is a man who has the ability
firstname.lastname@example.org to get other people to do what they
don't want to do and like it."
--President Harry S Turman
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