Who hires & fires Assistant Scoutmasters?
Ed Henderson (biged@SCOUTER.COM)
Sat, 25 Apr 1998 16:59:27 -0500
I have a Scouting friend who has asked me a question to which,
astonishingly enough, there does not seem to be a clear answer in the
Scouting literature for.
In this troop there is an Assistant Scoutmaster who is causing problems.
Many of the parents, acting through the Troop Committee, want him removed.
The Scoutmaster, a good and decent fellow, is aware of the problem but is
unwilling to deal with the unpleasant task and maintains that it is the
prerogative of the Scoutmaster, not the Troop Committee or Chairman to
recruit and call Assistant Scoutmasters.
The Chartered Partner is peripherally aware of the situation and the COR
(also the Advancement Committee Chair) who has discussed the issue with the
Scoutmaster was told by the SM that it was not the Troop Committee's
prerogative to deal with the issue of Scoutmaster Assistants.
Scouting literature goes in great detail about the roles and
responsibilities of these positions but it is either silent or murky on who
So guys and thoughts or tips on where to look for this info? I think they
are looking for "something in writing" that documents where this power
resides. As I tried to explain, these kinds of matters are handled in many
different ways and perhaps only those troops with detailed by-laws, and a
well defined Troop Committee structure might have this kind of process in
writing. The easy answer of "its the Chartered Partner's responsibility"
may well be moot here as in this case they are not involved (another topic
of discussion for a later time, I know :-).
A Retired Scoutmaster lucky enough to have Great Assistants who were well
liked by the Scouts & Parents!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City