Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 23 Nov 1997 09:56:20 -0500
We have a similar situation in my troop--current SPL has served for about
a year, wants to hang it up. There is no obvious successor candidate,
but even if there were, it wouldn't be up to me in any case. I take
"boy-run boy-led" seriously, and told the boys a month or so ago that
we'd have an SPL election in December, that they should take the election
seriously, and that I'd go along with whoever they elected. I'll let you
know what happens.
Regarding the JASM position, we have a new scout in our troop, 16, who
transferred from a Council in Mississippi when his Dad got transferred in
connceciton with his job in the USAF. The guy is an excellent scout with
great skills, and served as SPLl in his previous troop. However, I made
him a JASM, and he has the job of working with the troop's instructors
and troop guide to make sure they remember their scout skills, and know
them well enough to be able to teach them to the passle of webelos we're
expecting in February.
I think the JASM position is a good one for an older scout. I'm not
aware of any age requirements (maybe 16 is in there somewhere in the
literature, but I'm not sure). Anyway, Their duties are liad out in the
job description sheet in the Troop JLT kit/syllabus/video binder you can
purchase at the service center (and which every troop ought to have).
In general, I think their jobs can be described as "performing such
duties as assigned by the SM."
I have assigned a JASM the task of finishing up his Eagle project; in
the current scout's case, I made him a teacher of teachers, so to speak.
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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