Re: Scoutmastership Fundamentals
Pete Murray (pjmurray@IX.NETCOM.COM)
Tue, 10 Oct 1995 16:06:26 -0700
Scouts as APL, PL, SPL, QM, etc etc etc. While I would not have
declined to be trained, I did not feel ill equipped to lead. In fact, I
was already highly trained in the very areas I was needed most...
Ideally, JASMs should be the inspiration for the younger boys in a
troop. They should want to emulate his Scouting expertise and his
willing attitude. He should be elevated in the eyes of these scouts by
the scoutmaster, as someone from the ranks who was really doing things
right. I remember that I regarded many JASMs before me as almost
mythical in their endeavors... endowed with great wisdom and insight,
able to leep tall buildings at a single bound... oops! Got a little off
track there, but you get the picture. By all means, they should be
Obviously, then, I do not feel that all or even most older boys
should be JASMs. They need that spark, that caring attitude, that
general demeanor that epitomizes the Scout Laws, Oath and Promise.
Scout Masters know this when they see it, even if the boy does not see
it in himself. How I got to be JASM we will never know... I am sure
many of you wish to question my former Scout Master about this too.
Well, whatever Fritz Dahlstead saw in me, the younger Scouts agreed
with him. They really looked up to me and that made me tow the line. I
loved to teach them and they made it very worthwhile.
I guess my point is that JASMs start their training process on
their very first camp-out. They are instructed and awed by JASMs even
before they become Tenderfoot. Consequently, they make the decision to
become just like these Super Scouts, and start to immitate them. Throw
in some some careful instructions from his Scout Master and lots of
Camporees/Summer Camps etc etc, and you have a first rate JASM.
...and if he wants to be trained... encourage it!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City