Re: Who SETS / modifies / enforces POLICY ????
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Tue, 1 Jul 1997 13:07:45 -0500
Don Izard asked (and I've rejiggled the paragraphs only to make my response
>> I have run into a SM who has a "SUPREME AUTHORITY" complex,
>> and I would like to be able to point him to a published ref.
>> He "claims" to be wood badge trained, but does not wear the
>> beads (NO TICKET?).
Doesn't sound right, Don. I only know of two Wood Badgers that refuse to
wear the emblem of their training success. One of them is a Sea Exploring
leader and wears a special "knot emblem" on his uniform instead of his
beads; the other refuses to wear ANYTHING around his neck because of
something he saw as a youth (he saw a friend of his strangled by one of
those military "dog tag" sets) and he doesn't wear neckerchiefs nor any kind
of suspended awards (he holds the Silver Beaver and a religious service
award in addition to the Wood Badge).
I don't know why he doesn't (I would like to know "his answer", but don't
have to), but it doesn't sound right.
>> I have been "taught" and/or trained that the SCOUT MASTER does
>> NOT create policy. The BSA, the troop comittee and/or the PLC
>> with advice from the SM and comittee create the TROOP policy.
That's absolutely correct, Don!
>From the Scoutmasters' Handbook, page 15:
"Finally, we got the strong impression that a Scoutmaster is not an arm
waver, whistle blower, louder-shouter, or drum major, but more of an
executive or manager. A person who quietly but effectively pulls it all
together to get the result he's after: helping boys grow into good men."
"The Scoutmaster is not on the committee, of course, but meets with them and
works with them. At these meetings you should share plans and ideas,
discuss problems, and make decisions -- together. Your mutual target: rapport.
Remember that while you and your junior leaders run the troop program, the
troop committee supports it. You will need this support, and will sometims
have to ask for it. But when you ask, be specific: Put your request in
terms of transportation or funding or parent contacts or volunteers to help
on a camping trip."
"(He) works by training his boy leaders to run the troop, and by managing,
training, and supporting his (her) Assistant Scoutmasters in their roles.
The Scoutmaster is one --and only -- troop leader who relates closely to
each of the other links in the chain of troop operations: The Scouts, the
junior leaders and the patrol leaders' council, the assistant Scoutmasters,
the troop committee, and through the committee the chartered organization
representative and the chartered organization."
This is the most important part of the entire Handbook, Don; this is taught
at professional courses, during Wood Badge, and during Scoutmaster
Fundamentals. Hit him on the head and shoulders with these 99 words:
"Every Boy Scout Troop, we said earlier, is made up of patrols, groupings of
six to eight boys who work together as a team. Each patrol elects its own
leader. The patrol leaders, with an elected senior patrol leader as their
head , form the patrol leaders' council. It is this council's job to plan
and run the troop program. Each patrol leader represents his patrol on the
council, and interprets to his patrol the plans and decisions the council
makes. Patrols also have their own meetings, elect their own officers, and
plan and carry out their own patrol activities."
Chapter 4 explains in glorous details how the Scoutmaster works with his
junior leaders in developing the program. Note here, Don, that the
Scoutmaster CAN override the decisions of the Patrol Leader' Council, but
should only do so in those rare cases that derails the Troop's operation and
should ALWAYS allow the Troop's leaders to explain why it is not fair or
right for him or her to do so (page 49).
>> The SM is NOT a dictator, and should not INVENT or create any
>> policy that is not in agreement with BSA national policy and
>> supported by the comittee and the chartering organization.
>From the BSA's Charter and Bylaws:
Article VI, Clause 4:
"No local council Cub Scouter, Exploring leader or Scouter shall have
authority to increase or diminish requirements and standards established by
the Corporation (defined as the Boy Scouts of America, National Council)."
Those are good starters for this character, Don. There's about a zillion
articles written in the BSA's official journal, _Scouting_, that will also
support the majority contention that the role of the Scoutmaster is NOT to
"dictate or establish policy" and that those decisions and policies call are
done by combination of Scoutmaster-PLC; PLC-Troop Committee, Troop
Committee-chartered partner, or all of the above together. If you like, I
can do a short research over the holiday weekend and post some article
references the first part of next week.
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