Re: Another Troop Admin question (long)
Bob Caron (Robert.Caron@UMB.EDU)
Fri, 3 Apr 1998 10:51:56 -0500
CHUCK BRAMLET wrote:
> This came up in our Troop Committee meeting the other night, and I
> was asked to find out how other Troops deal with this problem.
> I also argued that we have far too many ASMs for the Troop,
> and many of us should really be committee members.
I don't think you can ever have too many ASMs, IF you also have enough MCs.
In our Troop of 64 Scouts, we have about 20 ASMs and 20 MCs. We believe the
key to success is to spread the work out so NO ONE Leader is overwhelmed. We
have a half-dozen or so ASMs who always come to meetings and help out with all
program-related tasks. We have another half-dozen or so who go on campouts.
We have an ASM who handles Scout service project requirements (e.g., tracking
who needs what, making sure it gets reported). We have an ASM who gets new
Scouts through the Scout badge and onto a few of the next rank requirements
like flag ceremonies, etc. And so forth for more ASMs and more tasks.
> The proponents of this position argue that the Troop is getting to
> be too big for the SM to handle all the administration
Just to make sure there is not an issue of semantics, the SM should really
handle little of the "administration" of the Troop; that's what the Committee
and MCs are for. We operate under the model that the SM and ASMs form what we
call the "Scoutmaster Corps" whose job is program, program, program, the
"field work" for lack of a better description, including "operating" -- not
"administering" -- all Troop activities, advancement, planning, etc.; along
with the PLC. Once they decide what the Troop will do, the MCs provide the
"legwork", "administration" and whatever else you want to call it. The MCs
form the Troop Committee and handle filing tour permits, securing permission
forms and medical forms, transportation, budgeting and finances,
recordkeeping, newsletters and notifications, registration and dues, Leader
training, obtaining awards and insignia, all support for Troop and Eagle CoHs,
and so on. This is all the "background" stuff that enables the "foreground"
program to function. The closest the MCs get to program is Boards of Review.
Of course, all this being said every Leader is welcome to help out in any way
he/she wants, with the consent of the Leader "in charge" of that particular
task. Whether a Leader is an ASM or an MC is really a decision made after
they decide what they want to do in the Troop. And we have had some crossover
and changing of roles, not a problem.
Troop Committee Secretary, Northborough Troop 101
Brotherhood, Chippanyonk Lodge #59, OA
Knox Trail Council #244, BSA
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