Re: SPL AT Committee Meetings?
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 12:03:28 -0400
Paul H. Brown wrote:
> The reason the SPL is invited to the committee meetings is because its
> the SPL's troop. He and the other youth leaders have planned the troop
> program and the PLC meeting, and he's at the committee meeting to report
> what the troop is doing and ask for committee assistance (transportation,
> funding, etc.) to make the program work.
> Some adults think that they run (or, should run) the troop. You have to
> patiently persuade them that they are mistaken.
While I agree with your general sentiment, Paul, I think you're
confusing a few things:
1. It is NOT the SPL's troop (as in ownership). Literally the Troop is
owned by the charter organization, with a charter from BSA (throught the
local council). That means that the charter organization can run the
Troop as it sees fit (within BSA policy, etc.). The charter
organization picks (or at least approves) the Committee Chair, who
recruits the committee. The committee chair and the committee in turn
recruit and/or approve the Scoutmaster and ASM's. The charter
organization (through the committee) has the ultimate say in what is
done by the Troop, again consistent with BSA policy.
2. In a well-run Troop, it IS the Scout's Troop (as in leadership), and
the SPL is or should be the top of the Scout pyramid. Therefore, it may
be appropriate for the SPL to attend the committee meeting as the
Scouts' representative, along with the Scoutmaster. With that said,
however, please do not doubt that it is the responsibility (and within
the authority) of the adult leadership to review and approve (or veto)
any and all aspects of the Scout-proposed program. In other words, the
SM can override the SPL, the committee can override the SM, and the
charter organization can override all of them, if push comes to shove.
With THAT said, though, in the well-run organization ALL parties
cooperate to ensure an exciting program. In most Troops, the charter
organization plays almost no role in the day-to-day program, and in the
better Troops (apparently including yours), the Scouts DO run the
program, with the advice and guidance of the SM and the ASM's and the
support of the committee. However, the bottom line is that within the
unit, it is the Scouters (and not the SPL or Scouts) that bear the final
responsibility to see that the program meets BSA and charter
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City