Re: Troop Leadership Requirement-Part 2
Pete Townsend (ptownsen@HYDRA.CS.GMR.COM)
Thu, 3 Oct 1996 09:50:18 -0400
There are some other issues with troop leadership that need
to be addressed, and might be fodder for a good discussion here:
1. Asst Patrol Leader is not recognized as a "troop" leadership
position. Based on full implementation of the patrol method
it is a "patrol" position. In many troops however, where there
is little separate activity by the patrol, the APL takes on
more of a "troop" flavor. And in fact, with sports conflicts
etc., he ends up as acting PL in many meetings and on campouts.
In most troops the APL acts as more of a leader than the
Scribe, Historian, Librarian put together. Is there any
concensus in this list that BSA should modify the rules to
include APL or at least make it a local troop call?
2. As stated above, the Scribe, Historian, and Librarian ARE
considered Leadership positions. I believe in a majority
of troops, these positions are ceremonial only and provide
little, if any, opportunity for the boy to demonstrate
leadership. Is there any concensus on the list, what
criteria should be used in evaluating the "leadership" of
these positions? Should they be continued as advancement-
3. The same sort of discussion could be launched about other
positions such as Quartermaster, Chaplain's Aide, etc. but
I see those used much more often in meaningful ways.
A side issue that I'd like to avoid at this time is the issue
of meeting the requirement "... shall serve in a leadership
position ...", and the fact that it doesn't say define the
amount or level of leadership to be shown. We can argue for
a long time on whether "holding the office" with or without
doing anything (either because there was nothing to do, or
because of other factors) constitutes completion.
Keeping FUN in scOUTING, Pete Townsend, ASM T188 Rochester Hills MI
(& Dist.Adv.Comm) and still having fun too!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City