Re: Troop Politics
Mark Wilson (mwilson@POLARIS.ORL.MMC.COM)
Mon, 7 Oct 1996 13:49:37 EDT
The Scoutmaster doesn't work for the committee. The committee doesn't
work for the Scoutmaster either. The committee is charged with overseeing
the operation of the troop and providing logistical and administrative
support for the unit program. The Scoutmaster is the program expert.
Both the SM and the committee serve at the will of the Charter Organization.
The committee may recommend a candidate for SM, but it is the Charter
Organization that "hires" him (or her) either directly or through the CR.
Problems in troop politics occur when adults forget that they are in this
"for the boys." That is the single common mission that everyone must agree
to. If everyone agrees on the objective then many of the little turf wars
that adults invent can be either avoided or resolved quickly in the boys'
best interest. If someone can't accept the mission, they should find some
other place to work.
Now, how do you get everyone on the same sheet of music? Simple...training.
Every registered (and even any interested unregistered) adult should attend
Scoutmastership Fundamentals as soon as possible after viewing the Fast Start
tape. It is the best way I know to get across how a troop is supposed to
Of course training is a long term solution. BSA has developed a means to
deal with acute problems as well. It begins with the Unit Commissioner. If
that doesn't work, involve the District Commissioner. You may even need to
get the DE into the act. The DE has a number of assets available to work
on the problem all the way up to National if need be.
In any case, remember that we are in the business of building character in
young men, primarily by the example we set. You better believe that they
are well aware of the current troop politics.
SM Troop 565, Deltona FL.
Eagle, 1974 - I used to be an Antelope...
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