Re: Scoutmaster Conference Question
Geary Morrill (VIGIL91@AOL.COM)
Mon, 16 Dec 1996 23:23:13 -0500
For starters, a review of Page 22, and 99-104 of Scoutmaster Handbook may be
in order. Question is, why wouldn't the Scoutmaster conduct Scoutmaster
If they're 2-3/yr. per boy, this might be ONLY time that *the Big Kahuna*
gets to talk directly with each young man, more importantly the only time
the young man gets *his Scoutmaster's* undivided attention. It's *important*
to the young man!
The larger the Troop, the more this becomes important. Consider Scoutmaster
Conferences the rough equivalent of getting quality time with your CEO
instead of the VP that regularly meets with you. This should be a BIG deal!
It's good that Assistant Scoutmasters support Patrol/Crew/Team program within
a Troop, but please don't short-circuit the important process of Scoutmaster
Troop effectiveness may be giving way to adult efficiency. As adults we tend
to do too much in name of efficiency in Scouting. It's efficient to delegate
the conference process it's not terribly effective in communicating the
individual concern of Scoutmaster for each young man in his charge (and how
else does a Scoutmaster get the boy's eye view of how things are going with
his Assistant Scoutmasters?- that's "important", too)
There's good reasons why only one Scoutmaster per troop. This is one of 'em.
I'd sooner see delegation of *everything* but work with Senior Patrol Leader
and conducting Scoutmaster Conferences... Key *top dawg* responsibilities!
On the other hand, if a Scoutmaster is unable to attend directly to such
matters on extended basis (out of country, illness, vacation or sabbatical)
and it potentially holds Troop operations back, there must be one Assistant
Scoutmaster (assigned by Scoutmaster) acting in his behalf working with SPL
and conducting Scoutmaster Conferences.
It should never be a "Scoutmaster Committee" responsibility. Take a good look
at the spirit of job outlined in the Scoutmaster Handbook and see if there's
not more than a grain of truth to my line of reasoning.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City