Patrol Leader Quandary
Derleth, Michael (mderleth@CZN.COM)
Fri, 7 Feb 1997 10:36:05 -0500
Sounds to me like there are two issues, Jason:
<None of the boys wanted patrol leader. Wednesday, a couple of more boys
<were there, and there was an election. Suddenly, one of the boys
<decided he wanted to be patrol leader, but wasn't elected. He tried to
<go back and say that it had been resolved the week before (which it
<hadn't been). The election stood, but then the boys decided to rethink
<it, because the boy who was elected PL doesn't have a phone.
Sounds like it's time for a little guidance from an adult (with the SPL
sitting alongside). The entire patrol needs to be reminded they elected a
person they were confident in. If the phoneless PL believes he can do the
job, perhaps by delegating the phoning to an assistant, the Scouts should
be guided into letting the election stand. Fairness to the boy elected,
etc. If the phoneless PL feels there is no solution, he can -volunteer-
to step down, and a new election can be scheduled. This should not be
coerced in any way. Personally, I would think the phone thing is less of
a problem than the patrol is making it, and a good opportunity for
teamwork, and group skills exists here.
<The other boy (who wasn't elected) needed a patrol leader patch. C
<about this young man deciding (it appears) that he is the patrol leader.
<If this is the case, remove him from his office immediately, and bring
<the whole thing up with him at his next scoutmaster conference in March.
Jason, this issue requires a SM conference NOW. Can't wait until March.
Topics include why he wasn't elected PL. If he -was- the PL, how would
he feel if another patrol member tried to wrest the job away from him?
How can he grow into the job so he is elected next time? It can be
pointed out that you can be 'responsible' for much in the patrol but
not be the actual PL. --but the youth must find a way to gain the trust
and confidence of the other members.
This situation sounds ticklish, Jason, but you sound like you've designed
a workable plan. Good luck and let us know how it works out.
Michael Derleth MDerleth@CZN.COM
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