Re: Protocol Question
Mike Walton (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 1 Apr 1997 12:11:53 -0500
Raymond Clark asks a great "protocol" question:
>We are getting a new Scoutmaster in August, after the Jamboree.
>Should all current Assistant Scoutmasters hand in their
>patches to the new Scoutmaster - since we are all acting, today,
>as assistants to the current Scoutmaster - and allow the
>new Scoutmaster to select his assistants?
It's not a long question, but I'm going to have to defer to
those older guys, older than me. In the things I have here, I
can't find ANY reference to the fact that the Scoutmaster *has*
to select his or her Assistants like a Patrol Leader has to
select/appoint his. Everything I'm reading here just says that
the Scoutmaster MAY have several Assistant Scoutmasters to help
him or her do their job better and effectively.
Now, unwritten stuff...is it a good idea?? Maybe. If everyone
knows that the new Scoutmaster may want to bring into the Troop
his or her friends from a previous unit, or if the Scoutmaster
asks everyone to kinda "stand down" for a month while he or she
interviews/talks/meets all of the present folk and decide which
folks he or she can work with and which he cannot. I've had one
Scoutmaster to tell me that he listened to his Senior Patrol
Leader, a youth voice, in his decisions about which folks got
to stay onward as ASMs or not. It turned out that in this guy's
case, it worked for him. It may or may not work for your SM
and they may have some other ideas about adult leadership that
I haven't thought about here.
Whatever your SM chooses to do, don't forget the paperwork. If
the new folks come on-board, don't forget to fill out the
applications and change the position codes so that they can start
or stop getting stuff from the Council and National as needed.
Now, this begs the question "if you get "fired", what do you do
next?" and the followup, "how will this affect the adult/youth
workings within the Troop?" Scouting is NOT like a business,
whereby a new "boss" shows up and announces "you're all fired. I'll
be hiring my OWN people, which may or may not include you. In the
meantime, turn in your keys and don't let the door hit ya on the
way out!" Remember in a previous posting that the Chartered
Partner head or his or her COR has the ability to "override" any
adult membership decision because it's THEIR unit. The Scoutmaster
can RECOMMEND that folks leave or stay, but it's that COR that
makes the "final cut". Now will this person listen to the new
SM?? Well....if he or she "hired her" or him, I guess so....but
if this was something like what happens in a LOT of units, "well,
I'll do it...but you *know* that I don't get along with Ray or
Mel or with Seth....", that SM would probably have a lot more to
say about it than the COR will.
Don't hand over those badges yet.....wait until after the Jamboree
whereby the Scoutmaster and the COR/CR can sit down and figure out
what the *actual adult needs* of the unit is going to be. A LOT
of things can happen between now and the end of the Jamboree!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City