Re: Opinions needed-New SM plans
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 6 Dec 1995 12:16:29 -0500
To remain healthy a Boy Scout Troop needs to be run by the youth leaders
via the Patrol Leaders Council and they need to meet on a regular basis;
e.g. weekly. I would encourage you to work with the committee to support
the idea of a PLC run troop and to back the PLC in whatever it feels it
wants to do. This new concept should not even be considered unless the
PLC has agreed to the idea. And I doubt they'll go for it.
This new SM may well be remembering only part of his youth
experience without a grasp of the big picture. Sounds like he needs an
immediate immersion in fast start training and to get signed up for
Scoutmaster Fundamentals to learn how to balance ideas.
I was a Scout in 1963 too and then there seemed to be more emphasis on
Patrol Meetings. We had them once every two weeks at the patrol leader's
house and planned patrol activities, including patrol campouts. But we
also met with the Troop every week without fail. In some months we had a
patrol campout and a Troop campout. But, this was in an area that was
mostly rural with little else to do on a weekend and no competition from
sports, etc. Your chap seems to need to do a little catching up with the
times and to clear his memory. For both Scouts and parents, time seems
to be real premium and full of competition for attention. This is why
most Troops are lucky to have a good Troop program let alone separate
No don't get me wrong, there is nothing wrong about having patrols meet
separately. After all this is how B-P started things. And if they have
the time and energy to do special activities in addition to those of the
Troop so much the better.
The bottomline is that this is a resource management problem - time and
leadership availability. It is also a question of who runs the Troop.
My vote is definitely for the PLC to make the calls on what they would
like to do with the committee and SM giving as much support as possible.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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