Junior Leader Contracts
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@RND3.INDY.TCE.COM)
Tue, 8 Oct 1996 13:21:00 EST
I've received a couple of interesting comments in response to my post
about using contracts with my junior leaders to determine if they complete
their leadership requirement or not.
"The contracts should be negotiated with each boy." Currently, I am not
doing this but you are right. This is the first term for using these
and this is an excellent suggestion for improving it next time. In defense
I must say that the contracts basically repeat the responsibilities of each
position as found in the Junior Leader Handbook and spells out who
each leader reports to and who that leader supervises. Also, after 10
months I'm still struggling to turn this into a boy run troop. Maybe I
backed off too fast when I first became Scoutmaster. So starting this
month I'm getting more involved at directing the junior leaders until
they get comfortable with how things should be done - this should
take another month or two. I'll be more involved in the discussion at
PLC meetings by giving the SPL a suggested agenda ahead of time.
I've also started giving the SPL written troop meeting plans based on
the PLC meeting (with enough copies for each patrol leader) These
first leadership contracts are a starting point and define my expectations.
Next time we can negotiate from there. I figure since none of the boys
have previous experience in observing how older Scouts run a troop
that it's OK. for me to be more directive the first time through.
"How do you handle the case of a boy ready for advancement before
their term of office or contract is up?" A key ingredient in a job
description is frequent counseling and review. At any time the boy
and I can review his performance to date to see if he has been
doing the job called for in the contract. So I can sign off on a leadership
requirement in the middle of a term of office if the required months
have been completed. Most of the contract repeats general stuff from
the Junior Leader Handbook like show Scout spirit, be enthusiastic,
wear the uniform properly, set a good example, and attend monthly
I welcome comments. After only 10 months this Scoutmastering stuff
is still very new. Like the junior leaders, I'm learning through hands
on experience and lots of mistakes.
Peter M. Murphy :: email@example.com
SM T125, TC P125, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church
Del-Mi District, Crossroads of America Council
"I use to be Beaver . . ."
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