Re: Eagle Scout Leadership
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Mon, 17 Feb 1997 12:05:54 -0600
On Sun, 16 Feb 1997, Jim McMaster wrote:
> My SM pressured me to withdraw my name from nomination, so a 14-year-old Life
> Scout who "needed" the position for Eagle could have it. I became a JASM, with
> no responsibilities at all, for the next year-plus until I aged out of the
> program. The SPL did a good job, but I was hurt then, and still wish the SM had
> let me have my shot at it.
I believe each Scout should have the opportunity to make his own choice
in running for elected office and voting for elected office.
JASM should be a job, not a title. I have a JASM who basically does the
job of the ASM-Membership. He works with Webelos Leaders, new Scouts,
operates our "First Class Express Program" for younger boys, supervises
Den Chiefs, Instructors, and works with the Troop Guide.
He also helps train and advise the SPL. He serves as an elder statesman
among the boys. The SPL still has more than plenty to do, and the JASM
is a valued major contributor to our troop program.
Jim, you should have been supported in your quest for SPL, I disagree
with you SM on that point. You should have also been given real
responsibilities as a JASM.
A Scoutmaster's job is to bring opportunity to youth. You were
encouraged to defer it to another and go out to pasture. I think your
own personal experience would have been greater and your unit's program
stronger had the SM taken a different approach.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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