Re: cubmaster vs cubscout rt commissioner
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Tue, 10 Sep 1996 16:15:52 -0500
I'm sorry to post this to the list, I had deleted Kim's address.
I was in a simlar position a few years back.
I am a Scoutmaster and an Explorer Post Advisor and was asked to take on
the additional responsibility of District Scout Roundtable Commissioner.
I served in that position for 3 years while continueing on as a
Scoutmaster and Post Advisor.
After three years doing those jobs, I was approached to be promoted from
Roundtable Commissioner to District Commissioner, and that went on for
another 2+ years.
I finally said I was retiring from the District Commissioner role. First
they asked me to stay on until September, then November, then the 1st of
the year, then March (when we have our district banquet), then June (when our
In June they said they'd like to "extend my contract" a few more months.
I said, "No thank you, in June you have a vacant position for District
Commissioner". They soon found my replacement.
I didn't feel a conflict of interest by being a Roundtable Commissioner.
I do believe there is a conflict of interest in serving as both a unit
leader and a District Commissioner. (It's like being both a doctor and a
I think you need to decide where your priorities lie, and how much time
you wish to spend. It can be very time consuming, to say the least.
Make sure you have a firm understanding of the committment required in
terms of time and additional meetings. Often there is more work than you
imagine. Talk with the outgoing person if possible.
If you feel you have the time and desire to fulfill both positions, then
do it. Be careful about the "burnout factor" though. Too much of even a
good thing can be wearing on your enthusiasm.
Good luck on your decision.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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