Re: Board of Review
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 05:12:28 -0700
Things are seriously out of control here, and it is up to _you_ to bring
some order to the situation. If any of these boys comes up for Eagle, the
procedural foul-ups could create a lot of trouble. Perhaps more
importantly, the Board of Revies is the major formal way for the Committee
to oversee te troop program. The committee is not an appendage - it is
the group of people entrusted by both the BSA and the Chartered
Organization to see that the program runs right.
1. Since you have already had the "informal" conversation with the SM,
contact the COR and, if in your judgement appropriate, the IH, and let
them know your concerns and your plans as to how to deal with the problem.
2. Make triip operations the sole topic for a Troop Committee meeting.
Have the COR present. Achieve a meeting of the minds.
3. Make sure your committee is doing what it should be doing to support
the troop program. Often when committees and SM's don't get along, it
turns out that the SM and/or ASMs are carrying out some committee
functions. In a troop which runs both well and according to the book, the
TC plays such a crucial role that the TC/SM partnership is so strong that
conflicts are avoided.
4. Has the SM been to the Scoutmastership Fundamentals course? If not,
see if you can get him/her to go. Have you been? If not, go yourself. A
CC has much more credibility if they have undertaken at least as much
training as the SM.
5. It is rare that "somebody needs to go" after a good relationship has
been built. Building that relationship is not "an hour a week." I
honestly believe that our troop has avoided any serious problems between
the committee and the SM/ASM by having a committee which works well enough
to avoid having the SM perform any committee functions, by having at least
some members of the troop committee, myself included, having at least as
much training as the SM, andy by having one or more TC members present at
each and every troop meeting. I believe that every single adult involved
with the troop (and that means someone from every single family) can see
the committment that each of the others has to each and every opther
adult, and each and every boy, in the troop. When such a shared
committment is developed, all the rest should fall into place.
6. If you were one of the lucky troops with a really good unit
commissioner, he/she would already perceive and be working on the problem.
You aren't. Find one of the volunteers at the district level to help you
out. District scouters are a great resource who have often had 10 or more
years of unit scouting behind them. Sometimes, this third party can see
things from a perspective that all others miss.
7. If the SM needs to go, after all is said and done, talk to your CoR,
your IH, and have a backup plan. Remember - making the troop work is the
responsibility of each and every adult and boy, but most of all the CC.
8. Please let us know how it goes, Marie.
Timothy J. O'Leary
CC Troop 772, Post 769 and WDL,Pack 1072
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