Re: Junior Leadership
Mark Arend (arend@PEOPLES.NET)
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 08:12:11 -0500
>We have mostly younger boys. Our entire Patrol Leader
>council is 12-13 years old. We have some very fine young men, but they
>are young, and they often stumble in their leadership duties.
I'm in somewhat the same situation right now. Our SPL & ASPL are both
younger, inexperienced, and the SPL is somewhat immature. Add to that the
complication of another boy who wanted the SPL job but wasn't elected and is
not handling it well (he also has some growing up to do). Then there are a
couple of older boys who tend to jump all over the SPL because he's not
doing the job that THEY think he should be doing (not that they were any
better at his age but they don't remember that). All in all it made for an
interesting summer camp.
>Our Scoutmaster has gotten very impatient with
>some of the boys, and has so far removed a Senior Patrol Leader and two
>Patrol Leaders from office
I would never do this. If the boys in the Troop elect an unqualified person
based on popularity they should have to suffer the consequences of things
being poorly run for a while.
I spent a lot of time at camp both with the SPL and with these other boys,
calming tempers, counseling, etc. I am trying to get the older boys to
realize that the SPL's performance is not their problem. They have their
own jobs to do and should not butt in when the SPL screws up; he's my
problem to deal with and perhaps I am letting him fail in this particular job.
>Some feel that we are not
>honoring the "boy leadership" aspect of the BSA program, and should let
>the boys do their best, with our support, until their term is up.
Absoultly! We have to work with them and do our best to lead & guide them
but sometimes they will fail. This is how they learn.
We are discussing one change in our election proceedure. Every 6 months
instead of electing an SPL we will elect the ASPL. At the end of the 6
months he will step up to the SPL position and a new ASPL is elected. He
has 6 months to learn and be trained before he takes on the position. This
is similar to how many organizations elect not a President but a
VP/Pres.-Elect. What does the group think of this?
>are saying that these boys are really too young to make choices like
>these and that the Scoutmaster or the Parents' Committee should appoint
NO! The boys are not too young--this is how they learn. These positions
should be elected, not appointed.
Mark W. Arend
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