Re: SPL AT Committee Meetings?
John Durbetaki (JohnDurbetaki@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Tue, 8 Apr 1997 09:52:58 -0700
JB Bullis wrote:
> I am curious if the Senior Patrol Leader should attend the Committee
> Meetings? When I was a SPL I attended the meetings but was given the
> feeling that I was not welcome.
Sorry to hear that you felt you were not welcome, but you probably
experienced the same thing that Our SPLs felt when we tried this (two
different SPLs, spread out over a bit of time, same results). I
concluded from the experiment that the boys did not understand the adult
conversation particulars. By this I mean how the debate was played out.
In most cases, the debate is quick, polite, and to the point, but the
boys got lost just the same. They seemed to focus on the fact that
adults were bring up the pro and con arguments and if they (the boys)
liked the idea, they did not want to spend any time on the cons and they
could not understand why we went through so many details, especially on
the cons. Then, if the discussion was about a difficult (not a bad
problem, but a complicated logistical issue) topic, we had to do damage
control for them so they understood what had just transpired.
I don't think the SPL should attend committe meetings, because in a boy
run troop, the PLC sets the agenda and the committe supports the PLC.
The adults have to work on logistics such as "Charlie's truck is not
available to haul canoes this weekend, and what are we going to do?"
These are support issues. If the committee is unable to support the
program, then PLC needs to adapt the program. We had a case of a planned
hike having to be shifted to another location bacause we found out about
a very recent slide which closed the road and trail head. We had to
adapt, but the adults had to work on logistics for supporting the hike.
In another case, the boys wanted to do a tour of the county jail, but
the committee was unable to arrange it (the weather turned nice for a
while and there were too many prisoners to deal with) and so it will be
given to PLC (tonight - Tuesday the 8th) to decide what they want to
If, however, all the planning and controlling is done by committee, get
your PLC to take charge. You get only what you are willing to take
responsibility for. If you want the freedom to plan and execute, you
have to take on the responsibility. Best of luck, but remember hard work
has a better chance of succeeding than luck.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City