SCOUTMASTER FUNDAMENTALS / JASM'S
Paul Mc Gahee (paul_mcgahee@SMTPLINK.HUACHUCA.AMEDD.ARMY.MIL)
Thu, 12 Oct 1995 12:09:08 MST
The question was asked, Should JASM's attend Scoutmaster Fundamentals?
YES by all means... The primary purpose of Scoutmaster Fundamentals
is to train Assistant Scoutmasters / Scoutmasters in the operations of
the Troop. By allowing JASM's to attend, you are sending a message to
them that they are now regarded in a higher capacity and that they
need to be trained in that capacity. Most JASM's are Older,
Respected, and more experienced (due to their tenure) than the Adults.
Why not allow these young men to develop even further in scouting by
further challenging them.
Point being that the young man should not have been appointed to the
JASM position if he isn't responsible or mature. The JASM position
should be highly regarded by both the youths and adults of the troop.
Just recently we mandated to our JASM's that in order to hold the
position, it would be necessary that they attend Scoutmaster
Fundamentals. NOTE: All my JASM's are Eagle Scouts who are looking
for more responsibility within the troop and the opportunity to help
make the troop better.
Those of you who have not had the opportunity to attend Scoutmaster
Fundamentals with these young men have really missed out on an
opportunity of a lifetime. These youth can give you a different
perspective on what scouting is like from a boys point of view and
help to explain how to make your program more interesting and
fulfilling for the boys. At the same time they have the opportunity
to learn about scouting from an adults point of view (IE: liability
issues, finances and such). What I'm saying here is that it is an
opportunity to interject a little TQM (Total Quality Management) into
your scouting experience.
so YES by all means, Scoutmasters should encourage their JASM's to
attend the training. Who knows, you may be doing yourself a favor
when these young men turn 18 maybe they'll decide to hang around a
Sierra Vista, AZ
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City