hilding holroyd (hilding@BLUESTONE.COM)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 13:59:59 EST
Looks like I'll be taking on that other hat: District Advancement
Chairman for Whispering Pine District, Jersey Shore Council.
I just HAD to fill up that hour.
Of course this is in addition to being Advancement Chairman for my troop
and Wood Badge Staff (first staff development weekend for NE-II-79
is this coming weekend). And father of 2 Scouts.
My number 4 son (the last) crossed over to our Scout Troop at his Pack's
Blue & Gold Dinner yesterday. So that's the last one into Boy Scouts.
I also had my wife surprised with a 10 Yr. Veteran recognition.
My oldest son (now 19) joined Pack 28 in 1983, that was SOME 13 years.
Last week at our Troop meeting, the Scoutmaster surprised my #3 son, Ken,
a Life Scout as of 1/30, by presenting him with the SPL position.
He was ASPL for exactly 1 month. The SM decided that since the SPL was
given 4 weeks to show up at a meeting and did not, the job should pass
on to the one who was actually doing the job. Nice surprise for both
of us (Ken and me, that is).
We chose/elected the boy leaders a little differently than what is
recommended. Mainly because we are still a young troop, only 3 years old,
with a lot of very inexperienced Scouts, only 4 are First Class and above.
We had the Scouts elect 3 new patrol leaders from a ballot of candidates.
Those who attended the troop Junior Leader Training were the ones on the ballot,
with some exceptions. We held off the ones who were being chosen by the
Troop Committee to hold the positions of SPL/ASPL/Troop Guide.
The Troop Committee then met to discuss which of the Scouts should be in the
SPL/ASPL/Troop Guide positions. We chose our old SPL (he had been in the
position for all 2+ years) as the Troop Guide. At my recommendation, my son
was given the nod as ASPL, because he is not the greatest when it comes to
organizational skills (guess what is going to have to change!). I also did
not want to start an election was between him and the other candidate. Ken
was elected over this same other Scout last March in our OA elections.
About 2 weeks later, we had a Troop Planning Weekend campout, where the new
Patrol Leaders Council created next year's calendar. As part of the exercise,
they were allowed to chose the members of their patrols. This worked VERY well.
Each new Patrol Leader was given the chance to say "I would like XXXX in my
patrol". There were NO conflicts and every Scout was chosen gladly by someone.
And they came up with very good patrols.
No, these are not the recommended ways of choosing patrols, patrol leaders,
and Troop Leadership positions. But for our circumstances, it worked well.
We are trying to put more and more into the hands of the Scouts, but this
has to be gradual since we have not successfully "boy run", yet.
So, it's onward & upward in Scouting.
Hilding W. Holroyd Advancement Chairman, Tr 250
Lakewood, NJ Jersey Shore Council
Eagle Class '68 Japeechen Lodge (Brotherhood)
District Advancement Chairman
"I used to be a FOX!", NE-IV-54
"I used to be a STAFFER!", NE-IV-71, NE-II-79
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