Re: Troop Officer Elections
Mark Arend (arend@CENTURYINTER.NET)
Mon, 16 Feb 1998 09:32:37 -0600
At 10:22 PM 2/15/98 -0600, Ron Fox wrote:
>SO: the question I have is, how often do you have Troop
>elections, and for how long of a term of office? Do you
>have a separate term of office for your Senior Patrol
>Leader and Patrol Leaders?
No set schedule. We have elections anytime between 6 & 12 months--usually
about 10. When we get to 6 or 7 months I usually take the SPL aside and ask
him what he wants to do & when. We do all officers at the same time
>Second, once this is done, how do you approach having your
>Senior Patrol Leader select Scouts for the appointive offices
>(Quartermaster, Scribe, etc.)?
It's up to him. He's the one that has to work with them. I may make a few
suggestions to the SPL but it's his call.
>Finally: we have 12 Scouts in our Troop. I have been thinking
>that I would not have an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, because
>I didn't want to take too many Scouts of of the Patrols. I
>figure that if the SPL doesn't show to an event, I'd rotate
>putting a Patrol Leader in for that event as acting SPL, and
>have that PL's assistant take over for the event as PL.
I'd say no, for several reasons;
1--The SPL needs to have an assistant to rely on--someone who doesn't
already have another job.
2--There has to be someone who can automatically step into the SPL
job--someone who's prepared to do so.
3--It's not fair to the Patrol who loses their PL--it could leave them at a
4--There may be hard feelings on the part of the PL who isn't picked--he may
feel he could do a better job.
That being said, when our SPL & ASPL are both gone we do put a PL into that
spot--whichever PL is most experienced.
Mark W. Arend
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