Anthony J. Mako (ajmako@APK.NET)
Sun, 23 Nov 1997 23:37:14 -0500
From: "Mark S. Shore" <mshore@CYBERNEX.NET>
Hi, I'm the Scoutmaster of a relatively young troop. The oldest Scout is
14. The SPL has been in this position for 18 months, and he is not running
for re-election. I'm afraid that he'll lose interest if he isnot in a
leadership positon. I'm considering JASM.
Are there age requirments attached to a Scout becoming a JASM? If you have
a Scout in this position, what responsibiltiies does he have=8Aas compared
How would you handle this Scout?
I would appreciate your comments and advice.
Mark Shore, SM
Passaic Valley Council
According to the Scoutmaster's Handbook, a JASM must be at least 16 years
old. Okay, that was easy. Now for the hard part: What do you do with a 14
year old former SPL? Make him a Troop Guide. There are several other
positions he could hold that would give him the opportunity to show
leadership, but Troop Guide would be my choice. You said you have a young
troop, but you didn't say how big the troop was, or if you were expecting a
bunch of new Scouts soon. Making your former SPL a Troop Guide will allow
him to still be very active in the leadership of the troop (I'm guessing
you don't want to loose him), and his experience will serve him well with a
new Scout patrol. If you don't have a new Scout patrol, or aren't
expecting one soon, ask him if he'd like to serve as a Webelos Den Chief in
a local pack. When the Webelos are ready to migrate, he'll be there to
point them in the right direction and may even want to be their Troop
That'll take care of close to two years (possibly) and then he'll be ready
to move on to JASM.
Anthony J. Mako, email@example.com
Scoutmaster, Troop 381, http://members.aol.com/Scouts381/
Great Trail Council, Akron, Ohio
"I used to be an Eagle (C-7-97), but I'll always be an Eagle (1981)"
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