Troop Elections - The Mechanics
John Durbetaki (JohnDurbetaki@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Tue, 20 May 1997 10:29:27 -0700
I have some questions regarding Troop Elections for the Senior Patrol
Leader and Patrol Leaders.
A little background is in order. I take over as Scoutmaster in the
middle of June and for the first time in memory, our Troop will conduct
elections for the Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders. It has been
an ongoing process to move the Troop from the adults picking who would
be the Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders to a boy run Troop. I
have been in charge of New Scout patrols for the past two years and
those patrols have had elections, and it is time for the Troop to do the
same. It has been a long process in coming, basically started when a
group of us did Basic Training a couple of years back and it has taken a
while for the current process to prove it is not working.
So, how do Troops conduct elections? The Scoutmaster handbook is not
helpful, it just says boys are elected. I am looking for how other
Troops conduct elections.
How are qualifications set?
Is there any filtering process (for example does PLC approve candidates
or is anyone who meets the requirements eligible)?
How are campaigns conducted (probably effects SPL more than PL)?
How long are campaigns?
How is voting done (secret ballot, show of hands)?
Our elections are mid July (after Summer Camp). I think the candidates
should be known to the Troop before camp so that the boys can see the
candidates in action. Any thoughts?
Thanks in advance. YIS,
ASM T855, CM P729
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City