Re: Who hires & fires Assistant Scoutmasters?
Bruce Major (major@GATOR.NET)
Mon, 27 Apr 1998 14:26:46 -0400
Well, Ed, there is some murkiness, to be sure, but it seems pretty clear
from most of the literature that the SA is recruited by and retained by the
SM, with the assistance of the TC. If the SM doesn't want the SA, he or she
can discharge them from being an SA. The SM does not have the power to
revoke membership in the organization, but can control who serves as SA.
Refer to the SM Handbook, the TC Guide book, and the SMF course manual. The
gist of it that the SM "recruits the SAs with the assistance of the Troop
Committee" and that an SM "can have as many SAa as he (or she) wants". Ergo,
if not wanted by the SM, they don't serve as SAs.
It seems the larger problem is that there is a split between the program and
administrative wings in this troop. I have seen parents who wanted an SA
removed for doing a good job, even for doing exactly what he should do. It
was the parents who did not know or understand the program.
Since you don't mention what the problem is, it's difficult to assess. It
also sounds as though the SM wants the SA, otherwise he would not be, in
essence, protecting him (i.e. saying "this is my area, not yours"). However,
he is only marginally correct that it is no the TC's business. Assuring
quality adult leadership is a specific function of the TC as designated in
the Guide Book. It sounds as though the SM doesn't have a problem with the
SA in question. If he does, it is his responsibility to remove the
individual as an SA. The SM is responsible for program,after all.
Too bad more scouters don't heed the simple request of Rodney King - "Can't
we all just get along?" If the adult leadership loses sight of the program
goals - the transmission of values of duty, honor, integrity, and civic and
personal responsibility, the rest of the Troop's operation is moot anyway.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City