Re: SM Advice
Peter K Kennon (lego@VISI.COM)
Sun, 19 Oct 1997 17:53:42 -0500
I think having one scoutmaster is the way to go. But you may want to review
what each position should bring. I think look at your program and senior and
junior leadership. From what I gather from you post it sound like your
adults do a lot of the planning. Remember the troop is a BOY RUN
organization. The adults are there only to provide support to the boys. The
scouts, under the direction of the SPL and JASMs, should, with the other
members of the PLC plan all the troop does, the outings, the meetings,
everything. The adults should in the beginning offer suggestions, life how
are you getting there, how are you paying for it, what are you going to eat,
Out troop separates the adults in to categories.
SM - Conducts the operations of the troop
ASM - Leadership Development: works with JLs on betting their leadership
abilities, helps them with problems and leads JLT
ASM - Program: Help the program run smoothly, arranging transportation,
keeping track of the finances for outings, makes reservations ect.
ASM - New Scouts: Works with the TGs to excute a scuessful first year to
first class program using the text "The Adventure to First Class"
ASM - Quatermaster: Equipment, inventory, check in/out, proposes new
ASM - Venture: Works the venture crew on their outings
ASM - Advancement: Tracks and reports advancement within the troop, serves
and arranges SM confrances, BOR, EBOR, supports COH and ECOH
ASM - Records: Advancement records, licences, paperwork ect.
ASM - Special Projects: Works on sepcial projects
Many of the ASMs have JASMs that they advise and the JASMs do the majority
of the work.
Listed below are the JL positions that the ASMs advise.
SM - SPL
Leadership Devleopement - SPL
Program - SPL, ASPL - Program
New Scouts - SPL, TGs, ASPL- program, APSL - Support
Quatermaster - ASPL - Support, Quartermasters
Ventue - ASPL - Program, VCC
Advancement - Scribes, ASPL - Support
Records - Scribes, ASPL - Support
Special Projects - SPL, ASPL - Special Projects
It sounds like the SM in your troop does a lot of work. Before getting a new
SM, I would decidee which ASMs are respondible for what areas. Talk with the
SPL and explan that he should start doing most of the planing. Rember, the
scouts learn when they fail, they loose when adults fail. Have a plan of
what evey leadership positon does (junior and senior). Then go shopping for
a new SM.
Peter K. Kennon
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