Update on Becoming Scoutmaster
John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Tue, 9 Sep 1997 16:43:40 -0400
First, thanks to all who responded to my request for advice on whether or
not I should accept the Scoutmaster position, after 3 years as an ASM
and nearly three as a Unit Commissioner. I had several dozen responses from
various members of this list offering me all different sorts of advice --
positive and negative. I responded to some personally, but did not have the
time to respond to everyone properly unless I wanted to give up my day job!
Now for the decision...
Well... really, there has been no decision yet, but I am acting as if I said
"yes." Sound familiar? <g>
Last night was my first meeting as acting SM. So far, so good. I met with
the other ASM's, and the CC/COR before the meeting. I informed them, in a
break with the previous SM I would allow the boys to elect the SPL. The
previous SM appointed the SPL. I also went on to tell them who the boys
would elect. I was correct and did not even have to "guide" the troop into
that decision -- trust the boys, they usually make the best choice.
The SPL, at 13, is a bit young for the job given a troop where nearly half
are old enough to drive. However, he is ambitious. He likely will be
an Eagle Scout by the Spring. He was chosen nearly unanimously by the troop
members so I think he may have their support as their SPL. We'll see.
One good thing about having so many older boys is that even though I was
gone for nearly two years while in IL, they all know me.
For various reasons I took an unusually heavy hand and chose to organize the
two older boy patrols. They had been segregated by rank with all the Life
Scouts in one patrol and the First Class and Star Scouts in another. It
The two new patrol chose their PL's and APL's and names. We now have the
Pedro Patrol (fairly sane) and the Caligula Patrol! Should I have allowed
them to choose that name? Well, since none of the other adults knew who
Caligula was and since the patrol members did, I decided to allow that name
to stand and challenged them to come up with an appropriate patrol patch. I
then challenged them, that if they could come up with an appropriate design,
I know someone who can do the embroidery.
Our first outing is a rafting trip in two weeks. I cannot attend due to
prior commitments, but have ASM's to guarantee leadership and have a
committee member working on transportation.
Our newsletter editor - a committee member -- wants to work with the youth
to possibly publish an email edition of the troop newsletter. I had
suggested, depending on who is appointed Scribe and Historian, that we may
wish to consider a Web version of it instead.
Two Scouts (the SPL being one) asked if we can invite a certain local pack
to a campout in either late October or November. I had considered something
similar myself, possibly inviting a "rival" troop along as well since we
both recruit boys from the same packs.
This Sunday the PLC is meeting in a planning session for the coming Scout
year, in a frantic attempt to make up for lost time.
So far, we're off to a good start.
Acting Scoutmater, Troop 39
I used to be a buffalo (SR-92) but will always be an Eagle (1981)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City