Passing the torch
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Mon, 6 Nov 1995 16:54:00 PST
This doesn't answer the question you asked but I detected a potential
that I feel very strongly about and wanted to add my $0.02.
Are you going to have your Troop committee form a selection committee to
evaluate and select your replacement? Or are you going to pass the torch
yourself in a private agreement with the Webelos leader?
As a Cubmaster I know the reality of leadership recruitment is that I seldom
get to select the most qualified candidate from the multitude of applicants.
The reality is if you're a warm body and show even the slightest interest
in the job I have open then you're it.
But the position of Scoutmaster is so important that you owe it to the boys
to select the very best. Take the time to actually seek out other qualified
adults. You may very well end up selecting the Webelos leader in the end.
There may not only be other qualified candidates, there may also be several
other parents that really want a chance at being Scoutmaster but just aren't
bold enough to ask "when are you leaving?"
My oldest son's SM has just announced he is retiring. I encouraged him
to use the formal search committee to find his replacement even though
I am the leading candidate for the job and I very much desire to be the new
But more important than my desire to be the SM, I want the Troop to have the
very best SM possible. There may be several good ones that we don't
know about yet. Plus, I wouldn't want to make a private deal with the SM to
pass the torch and then have a disgruntled parent that wanted the job but
didn't even get to be considered because the deal was made behind
closed doors. And the final benefit of using the selection committee is
that us long time unit leaders can leave/retire when WE want to and not
be forced to hang around long after we're ready to leave while we
personally recruit our replacement.
Peter Murphy, CM, P125, Outdoor/Activity Chair, T125
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City