Re: Junior Leadership
Michael Cooper (mcooper@MCOOPER.SEANET.COM)
Tue, 20 Aug 1996 04:12:20 +0000
As a LDS Scoutmaster perhaps I can shed some light on why a 15 or 16 yr
old isn't going to be the SPL. The Scout Troop consist of boys 11 - 13
years old. The 11 year olds form the new scout patrol (use to be the
Blazer patrol). The 12 and 13 yeear olds make up the rest of the troop
and form into however many patrols as the numbers of boys will allow.
The SPL is usually one of the older boys (13). Upon their 14th B'day
the boys join the Varsity Team and then at 16 years old they join the
Now here is a few exceptions that I have used in our Troop: My JASM
(Junior Assistant Scoutmaster) is 17 and a member of the Post, however
he is dual registered in the Troop and helps out each week at our
regular scout meetings and goes on our outings with the Troop. He is
also active in the Post.
Each year at Summer Camp we have several of the older Scouts from the
Post and Team join with the Troop and The SPL, Team Capt, and Post
President, and JASM all serve together on the Patrol Leaders Council,
thus giving some direction to all of the boys attending Camp. I do
however, insist that the SPL conducts this Council as the older boys are
Guest of the Troop.
So far it has worked well in our Troop and it has given continued
leadership opportunities to our older boys and some good examples for
our younger Scouts.
Scoutmaster, Troop 167 - Brier, WA
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