Re: SPL, PL elections
Dr. Steven C. Myers (r1scm@DAX.CC.UAKRON.EDU)
Sun, 3 Dec 1995 22:21:14 -0500
>Kev Woods wrote:
>>Do troops set standards for scouts to run for SPL and in particular PL?
>>Ours is a new troop with all _new or tenderfoot_ scouts.
Then At 03:35 PM 11/29/95 -0600 Mike Walton said...
>Hey Dr. Steve, wanna add to this?
Oh sure, just to prove I'm still out here.
I have gone from an established troop with no boy leaders (we were there for
only 3 months), to a new troop with 8 eleven year olds, to the present troop
of nearly 50 boys. We just today planned our "all patrol competition"
campout for December. My current SPL is working on Eagle and is pushing age
15. Most adults thought he would be a disaster, but are now admiting that
he just may be the best SPL in our troop's history. Who would have thought
that? The scouts.
>From day one in Troop One, we had a boy run troop. Even though you have a
troop with all inexperienced scouts, recognize two things: (1) they will
become experienced, and (2) even eleven year old boys have natural leaders.
Ask yourself this. If those boys weren't a troop, but were just a bunch of
guys playing a game, who would they look to to organize the game, to set the
rules, to settle the arguments? That same person will be elected SPL. (Try
an election rule that says no one can vote for themselves to prevent the
eight vote-eight candidate slate). Upon election your new SPL will be
clueless. That's where your (SM) job kicks in. Work with the new SPL out
of sight of the rest of the scouts. Lots of planning sessions lots of
advice, but when the meeting starts, let him lead. Now for the next most
important thought: he (new SPL) won't do it the way you would. Therefore,
fix your sights on goals, not specific results -- this will save you much
So I agree with Mike that rank is unimportant in the new or young troop, but
you can slowly faze in the rank and experience requirements, but be flexible.
Good luck. Remember you are helping to produce tommorrow's leaders, but
they think you just like camping. That's the secret...
Scoutmaster Troop One, Akron OH -- going back to sleep until Settummanque
calls again :-) By the way Mike - I delete more than I read. Time is just
not running in my favor these days....
Dr. Steven C. Myers R1SCM@uakron.edu (216) 972-7421 voice
Associate Professor, Department of Economics (216) 972-5356 FAX
The University of Akron, Akron, OH 44325 http://www.uakron.edu/econ/
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