Re: Troop Elections - The mechanics
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Thu, 22 May 1997 13:18:15 -0400
John Durbetaki asks:
>> I have some questions regarding Troop Elections for the Senior Patrol
Leader and Patrol Leaders. <<
In my troop, we elect SPL's as follows:
We do have a list of requirements. Here's the section from our troop
f. Position Requirements: The following guidelines are established to
ensure that Scouts elected to leadership positions in the Troop have the
experience, maturity, and knowledge to lead. All scouts meeting the
following guidelines are eligible to be elected (or appointed, depending =
(1) General requirements to be met for all leadership
To be eligible for a leadership position in Troop 313, a
Scout must meet the following minimum requirements:
a) Be making an effort to advance in rank.
b) Display leadership potential.
c) Attend a minimum of 80% of the Troop's
activities in the prior 6 months.
d) Demonstrate an effort to live up to the Scout
Oath and Scout Law in his daily life.
The Scoutmaster shall determine whether a scout meets the=
(2) Senior Patrol Leader:
a) First Class rank.
b) Have held a previous Troop leadership position=
(3) Patrol Leader:
a) Second Class rank.
The following section also applies:
g. Limitations: In order to maximize the leadership opportunities for
each scout, only one position may be held at any time. Also, a scout may=
only serve twelve consecutive months in any position. If a scout has
served in a position for twelve months, he is not eligible for re-electio=
or re-appointment for one election cycle. He may run for another positio=
at that time, and is eligible for his original position after a six month=
h. Removal from office: Once elected, a scout has made a
commitment to the troop. He is expected to attend all troop meetings and=
outings, unless granted an excused absence by the Scoutmaster. In any
event, if a scout's attendance drops below 80%, he will be removed from t=
position, and will not be allowed to run for a position in the next
election cycle. If the ASPL determines that a scout is not fulfilling hi=
duties, he should counsel and advise him. If a scout continues to neglec=
his duties, he may be removed from office by the Scoutmaster.
Note that I don't necessarily agree with all of the above - this just
documents what the troop committee and PLC have decided.
The actual mechanics are as follows:
Two weeks before the elections, the current SPL announces to the troop an=
asks candidates for SPL to submit their name to the scoutmaster. The
scoutmaster talks to each boy to make sure that he understands the
commitment. On the night of the election, each candidate is given an
opportunity to address the troop. We then take a secret ballot (slips of=
paper handed to each scout, results tallied by SM). The scout with the
most votes wins. In the event of a tie, a runoff is held.
After the election, the boys then submit their names for any appointed
positions that they may be interested in. The new SPL takes down the nam=
and sits with the SM to "fill out" the rest of the youth troop leadership=
(ASPL, QM, Scribe, Troop Guide, etc). These appointments are announced t=
next week. After the announcements, each patrol goes to patrol corners t=
have their own election.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.12.2
District Advancement Chair
ASM Troop 313 and Scoutmaster, Jamboree Troop 530
I used to be an Owl
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