Re: Another Troop Admin question
Mark Arend (arend@CENTURYINTER.NET)
Fri, 3 Apr 1998 08:52:13 -0600
At 11:10 AM 4/2/98 -0700, you wrote:
>Our Scoutmaster is required to be out of town on business rather
>frequently. When this happens, he will approach one of our ASMs
>to stand in for him until he is back in town. .....
>It was proposed in committee that one of the ASMs be designated as
>_the_ Scoutmaster's Assistant......
>The proponents of this position argue that the Troop is getting to
>be too big for the SM to handle all the administration
We're not as big as you and haven't run into this problem but here're my
thoughts anyway (when have I ever not had an opinion) ;-)
I try to divide up the responsbilities: ASM x works with new Scouts, ASM y
keeps advancement records, ASM z works with the QM overseeing equipment,
etc. One person can't do it all; I delegate jobs to someone I trust and
then don't have to worry about it.
As to having one person designated as _the_ assistant I have mixed feelings.
On the one hand it would prevent the "I'm in charge!" arguements that
sometimes happen. On the other hand it complicates things; if _the_ ASM is
also unavaliable have you designated a #2 & a #3 ASM? Though I suspect you
probably have one person who functions as _the_ ASM, even if not designated
as such. If I am gone Ed is the person in charge; nothing's ever been said
or officially decided-- that's just the way it always is.
Bottom line: What does the SM want? Is he comfortable with how things are
now or would he like to try a change?
Now, if he feels that everything's working fine and the Committee thinks a
change is needed you have a completely different problem to discuss.
Mark W. Arend
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