Re: The Dreaded Phone Call...
Amick Robert (amick@SPOT.COLORADO.EDU)
Wed, 3 Sep 1997 12:46:29 -0600
I would echo Jeff Bogart's comments re: accepting SM job.
It is also beneficial to set up an agreement with the committee as to your
"terms" as far as when you will start, how many ASM's there will be and
what their jobs/expectations (e.g. an ASM for outdoor events, ASM's for
Patrol advisors, etc.) And, as you are probably very aware, delegation of
"authority commensurate with responsibility" to carry out those duties is
essential. A well "oiled" Scoutmaster's staff should be able to support
the troop in the event that you cannot be present for a meeting or an
event without even "blinking." Then if things change for you there will
be continuity. Frequent SM staff meetings help get this working well,
possibly once a month. Having a trusted "colleague" as a 1st ASM or
"executive officer" is a good idea and might be a good candidate as a
replacement for you if you have to step down in the future.
Similarly, it is advantageous to have a support committment from the
committee in terms of fundraising, transportation, and whatever needs and
expectations you may have from them.
Good folks when asked to take on a role, will usually do a
good job if trusted and trained to do so. As you know, training is often
overlooked for ASM's and should not be. Then you can concentrate on your
main role as SM, which is working directly with the Scouts and the PLC.
and as Jeff said, it is the "best job in Scouting." Good luck and enjoy.
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72, Boulder, CO
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City