Re: Junior Leadership
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Thu, 15 Aug 1996 18:44:21 -0600
While I would love to have an SPL who is 15 or 16, I know that in my
troop that will never happen (its an LDS troop). So, like Mark said, I
have to make do with what I have.
I feel about as strongly about a boy being "too young" to be SPL as a boy
being "too young" to be an Eagle scout (which I have discussed privately
with a list member). If a boy is elected, does not turn down the office,
has the support of the SM, and his parents' support, who can say that a
boy can't handle it?
Around here, the only troops that have older boy leaders are also larger
troops, in excess of 30 boys. I have 8 boys. Everyone has a job. The
SPL is 13. We may well elect a 12 year-old in two weeks.
In this situation, I look on SPL/ASPL as co-SPLs. I know that for some
things, as they stand at present, my SPL can't handle them, but the ASPL
can, and vice versa. They share their duties; they delegate to each
other. And, in some areas, I and my assistants pick up the slack.
If a younger boy is SPL, let him know what is expected of the position
and give him a chance to do it. It is rare that a boy simply ignores his
responsibilities, unless he is not really interested in the job. He may
need help, but that's what we're here for, really, isn't it? To help the
boys grow and learn?
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
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