Charlotte S. Jerscheid (cjersche@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 17 Mar 1995 10:53:33 -0500
Correct me if I'm wrong, but my understanding is that the Senior Patrol
Leader is to be elected by the Patrol Leaders from among themselves...i.e.
the SPL is the Patrol Leader who leads the other Patrol Leaders.
OK, enough managerial theory <g>. Apparently, other Troops operate the
same way ours does...the Scoutmaster picks the Patrol Leaders and a
different boy is selected by the SM as SPL. I thought our Troop was using
that method only because we are brand new, with all brand-new boys (no
older Scouts except for one, and he was picked as SPL) and only until the
boys got to know each other well enough to elect their own leaders. We
*do* let the boys elect their own APL and we have "created" a position of
Patrol Quartermaster which they also elect. The Troop Quartermaster has
been recently appointed by the SM. I personally am hoping that
conventional wisdom will prevail, and we will have annual elections for
I like the idea of running the election for Troop leadership first, then
the boys can run for Patrol positions if not elected. But then there's
that SPL situation again<g>. Somebody let me know if I'm reading the
literature correctly...is the SPL one of the actual Patrol Leaders or is
he supposed to be a Patrol-less leader?
Troop 13 BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City