Re: Troop Elections - The Mechanics
Mark Ray (info@EAGLEBOOK.COM)
Tue, 20 May 1997 14:30:28 +0000
There is no "right" way to do elections, but here are a few thoughts:
--Hold elections at regularly scheduled intervals (every 6 months, perhaps).
--Hold nominations one week and elections the next. Or, as you mentioned,
hold nominations before camp and elections after. Good idea!
--Candidates should give a speech outlining their qualifications and
Scouting history. At our last election, we opened the floor to questions,
which elicited some good responses. It was easy to tell which boys were
serious about running and which just wanted the (perceived) glory.
--Someone (the Scoutmaster or current SPL) should outline the job
description for each position.
--Definitely vote by secret ballot and don't reveal the actual vote counts.
Imagine how embarrassed a boy would be if he got only 1 or 2 votes.
--I don't think it's appropriate for the PLC to screen candidates. I have
seen times, however, when the Scoutmaster needed to discourage a nominated
Scout from running.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City