Positions of Responsibility
Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 11:49:04 -0400
Life is full of choices and when it comes to positions of leadership
and responsibility in the troop the scouts may have to make some
In meeting the requirement for holding leadership/responsibility jobs
in the troop we are trying to get away from our old ways of counting
the months the scout wore the patch to counting the months the scout
performed the job.
You are right, it is a problem when the scout has a job but
infrequently comes to the troop meeting. He is doing a disservice to
himself as he is not growing from doing the job. He is not serving
his fellow scouts well as they are being hurt when he doesn't do his
duty and it either doesn't get done or someone else has to do it.
When we go through one of our periodic upheavals of changes in duties
in August we will be asking each scout who takes on a position of
leadership and responsibility in the troop to make a commitment in
writing to be present to perform his duties at least 75% of the time.
Yes, he may have to make some choices or even decline a job. But, is
it fair to the other scouts to have a non or infrequent performer in
the job. Better the job go to someone who wants it and will be there
to do it.
When a scout accepts a job he also accepts the responsibilities that
go with it. If we allow otherwise, what lesson are we teaching him?
Old enough to know better,
too old to do any better.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City