Re: Troop Elections - The Mechanics
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Tue, 20 May 1997 14:07:43 -0400
At 10:29 AM 5/20/97 -0700, you wrote:
>I have some questions regarding Troop Elections for the Senior Patrol
>Leader and Patrol Leaders.
We have set the following procedures in our troop.
Elections are held every 6 months (3 months for new scout patrol)
No term limits.
* We have set Star rank as minimum, with no minimum age.
* Boys are nominated and seconded by the troop at large.
* Each nominee is given the opportunity to address the troop.
* Election is by secret ballot, counted by adults.
* Star rank or above.
* Appointed by newly elected SPL, with advice and consent of the SM.
* Boys are nominated by members of their patrol
* Election by secret ballot, counted by adults.
* APL's are appointed by PL's
Patrol Scribes & Quartermasters
* Elected within the patrol by secret ballot
Troop Quartermaster, Librarion & Historian
* Elected by troop by secret ballot.
* Appointed by Scoutmaster.
* Must be 1st Class or above.
* Approved by Scoutmaster and Cubmaster
* Must be 1st Class or above
Junior Asst. Scoutmaster
* Appointed by Scoutmaster
* Must be 16 and have served in other leadership positions
Does it work? Sometimes. Elections will always be somewhat of a popularity
contest. We try to instill in the boys that they are electing their
leaders, not their friends. We ask them to think about who knows how to get
a job done; who goes on every campout, and who do they think will do the
The most important item is training. These changes are coming to your troop
due to attending basic training -- you learned what you needed to do your
job. Your boys need the same thing. Don't give them a job and
responsibilities without teaching them what is expected of them. Use the
Junior Leader Training Kit, its cheap and effective.
Two Bays District,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City