Re: Who hires & fires Assistant Scoutmasters?
John Conley (ITI@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 11:42:43 -0700
Ed Henderson wrote:
> 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.
> Scouting literature goes in great detail about the roles and
> responsibilities of these positions but it is either silent or murky on who
> appoints, etc.
> 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
Your Scoutmaster is mistaken, the appointing and removal of ASM's
is not his responsiblity, although he should certainly have input into
Your post raises some questions. One that jumps out at me is:
Do the parents who are complaining have any idea what they are talking
about? Do they have any Scouting training, and understand the role of
the Troop's adult leadership? In other words, are their complaints
valid? I ask because there must be some reason why the SM wants to keep
this guy around.
I hate to revert to one stock answer for all problems, but it's an
occupational hazard (see my Scouting position) :^)
Do you have a Unit Commissioner? If not, you certainly have a District
Commissioner. These folks' Scouting job is to help your unit
succeed, and they have training to help you deal with just such problems
as your current one. (Unfortunately, your problem is all too far from
The short answer to your question is that all adult unit leaders "work
for" the Chartered Organization. A better answer might be to talk to
your Commissioner. He or she will work with you to help you solve this
problem, and if the best solution truly does turn out to be removal of
a leader, they will have some suggestions for doing this as painlessly
Hope this helps. Let us know how it goes.
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*
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