Re: Senior Patrol Leader
Paul Sweeney (sweeney@NETWAY1.MDC.NET)
Wed, 7 Aug 1996 17:57:57 -0400
At 05:47 PM 8/6/96 -0700, Mike Elliott wrote:
>My queston for the list is : How much influence can or should the
scoutmaster have or use in determining the boy leadership?
In our Troop we use Summer camp as a try-out for SPL/ASPL. We, the SM/ASMs,
assign boys that we, the leaders, think are ready for these positions as
*acting* SPL/ASPL during our two weeks at camp, a different pair each week.
Occasionally we have two ASPLs to give all worthy caandidates a try-out.
After camp, at our program planning meeting in August, we assess each boy's
performance. If a boy receives a positive assessment he will be nominated
and his name will go on the ballot for the SPL election to be held during
the first Troop meeting of the coming school year. Eligible voters are all
registered Scouts. This prevents an unsuitable candidate from becoming SPL.
(Been there, done that, and *certainly* don't need the T-shirt! - but that's
another story.) The ASPL is *always* appointed by the leadership (usually
decided upon at the same planning meeting with an alternate chosen in case
the boy refuses or is elected SPL) based on who needs the position for
advancement and on competence. Other Troop positions (scribe, librarian,
quartermaster, etc.) are also appointed based on volunteering, need for a
leadership position and competence. Patrol leaders are elected at the same
meeting with no restrictions. Since we began this system, we have had
extremely good luck in our Troop junior leadership positions.
Paul Sweeney, firstname.lastname@example.org, ASM, T-7, Lowell, Ma
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