Re: Positions of responsibility
Bob Myers (rmyers@ONE.NET)
Wed, 19 Jul 1995 09:50:32 -0400
On Tue, 18 Jul 1995, Mary Lee Foley <MFOLEY@UTNET.UTOLEDO.EDU> wrote:
>How do you determine if/when a scout has fulfilled his 4 or 6 months or
>responsibility? Our troop needs to address this asap.
Last year I read an account of an Eagle's appeal to National regarding the issue
of a troop leadership position. The troop, district, or council had denied the
Eagle award based on the Scout's failure to fulfill his duties in a troop
leadership position which he had only nominally held. National ruled that there
is no quality standard in the requirement as written and that the Scout should
be awarded the Eagle rank since the troop records indicated that he held the
office (although may not have performed its duties) for the required length of
When I first read this I was shocked and considered it a lowering of the quality
standards in the area of leadership development. However, after further
consideration, I realized that what National was doing was putting the
responsibility for training boy leaders back squarely on the SM's shoulders
where it belongs. If a Scout is allowed to hold a position for 6 months and
does nothing in that position, who's fault is that? It is the SM's
responsibility to train the troop's junior leaders and to counsel them if they
are not performing. Furthermore, it is unfair to the rest of the troop's Scouts
to leave a non-performing Scout in office. I decided I liked the ruling.
Therefore, it is my practice to (1) set standards of performance that the Scout
must sign on to before the election or appointment, (2) train the Scout in his
new duties, (3) counsel the Scout along the way, and (4) either reward the Scout
for fulfilling his duties or remove him from office BEFORE the 4 or 6 month
requirement period has passed. Once the time in office has been fulfilled, no
matter what the performance, the requirement is fulfilled and I MUST signoff.
If the time in office is fulfilled and the duties of the office have not been
fulfilled, then I, as SM, have failed to fulfill my responsibilities.
Bob Myers, SM Troop 575, Dan Beard Council, Cincinnati, Ohio
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