Charles R. Batteau (charles.r.batteau@BELLATLANTIC.COM)
Mon, 24 Nov 1997 09:47:45 -0500
Mark Shore asked
> Are there age requirements attached to a Scout becoming a JASM? If
> you have a Scout in this position, what responsibilities does he
> have as compared to the SPL?
I'd recommend against assigning a 14-year old scout to a JASM
position. Basically, a JASM is a youth assistant to the SM, usually
with a specific job responsibility assigned by the SM. The problem is
that once you assign a youth to the JASM position, he's set somewhat
apart from the other boys. Fourteen years of age is, IMO, far to young
for this. (My tendency is to reserve this for Eagle Scouts, or
almost-Eagles, who would not be adversely affected by being set
Just because a scout has achieved the highest elected rank (SPL) does
not mean that he can't take on another (less prominent) position after
his term is up. This isn't the Presidency, for heavens sake!
If "Jamie" really DOES need a troop (as opposed to patrol)
leadership position to keep him interested, there are several that
any troop can use.
- Quartermaster: this position should NOT be a "throwaway"
office. A good quartermaster has to ride herd on all
the scouts, making sure they check out equipment and return
it in good shape. This is an ideal position for a somewhat
older boy (ie, 14-16) who won't be intimidated by the older
- Instructor: if "Jamie" really knows his stuff, this is a good
position where he can be very useful to the troop while getting
some needed "R&R" from the SPL position.
- Troop Guide: Our past SPL is serving in this position. He's working
with the New Scout patrol for their first year.
- Den Chief: "Jamie" is the perfect age to work with a 2d year Webelos
Hope this helps.
Chuck Batteau -- SM, Troop 751, Glen Allen VA USA
I used to be an Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY! :-)
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