Re: Scoutmaster Conference Question
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 21 Dec 1996 16:16:00 +0000
On Sat, 21 Dec 1996, Geary Morrill wrote:
> 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!
I would hope that a Scoutmaster would get to talk to his Scouts more
than two or three times a year ... if so, either the troop is too big and
maybe you need to split it into two troops, or the SM is too busy with
admin and busywork to do the <real> job, which is dealing with young people.
> 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!
If you read " Scouting for Boys " it was the Patrol Leaders' Council that
ran the troop, awarded badges, dealt with finance, with the SM there as
adviser. B-P expected that the troop would be managed through the medium
of the PLC, but that the adult leaders would know their boys and their
particular circumstances, strengths and weaknesses. That comes from
regular informal contact with the members of the troop, not through
Interestingly, the Scout Association in UK changed its titles from Scout
Master to Scout Leader in the 60s, the theory being that the word master
emphasised the " top dog " model, whereas a Scout Leader was someone who
worked with the Scouts as a facilitator and counsellor.
For me the time I have got to know my Scouts was not at planned
conferences but during those " Hey, Ian, have you got a moment ? "
encounters, when a kid has something to say, and you have to make time to
There may be other reasons why the SM would need to conduct a SM
Conference as part of the advancement process, but I hope that most Scout
Masters would not need an appointment to schedule " quality time " with
Ian N Ford
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