Re: Sr. Patrol Leader term of office
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 30 Jul 1997 23:04:39 -0400
Your memory serves well. A quick look at the Scoutmaster Handbook
supports you -
The SPL is elected by the Troop.
The SPL selects the ASPL.
The PL is elected.
These positions then form the Patrol Leader's Council (PLC).
Other Troop Offices according to the wiring diagram in the SM Handbook
are not part of the PLC.
The SM Handbook does not state whether these offices are appointive or
elective. Similarly it does not state whether an APL is elected.
Among units in any Council you'll find a wide variety of practices with
some Troops having elections for all the rest of these offices and some
where these other offices are filled by appointment.
The one thing to be avoided is having a Scoutmaster making an appointment
(except in a new unit and on an interim basis) because this takes
leadership away from the boys. An SM should coach and counsel, but not
make the appointment directly. Some will hold this to be rank heresy,
but the idea is to promote junior leader development - don't do anything
for the boys that they can do for themselves - doing so will deprive them
of learning experiences.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
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