Re: Who hires & fires Assistant Scoutmasters?
J.E. Cross III (jcross@BEOWULF.MHSL.UAB.EDU)
Tue, 28 Apr 1998 15:52:41 -0600
I must agree with Mr. Moser. It is and should be the scoutmaster's
prerogative to "hire and fire" assistant scoutmasters. The
scoutmaster is the person vested as the Chief Executive Officer of
the troop. The scoutmaster has a troop committee to help him
accomplish his vision for the troop and to serve as an oversight
body. If the troop committee doesn't like what a scoutmaster is
doing they should address the issue directly to the scoutmaster.
Any scoutmaster who lets his troop committee do an end-run around
him by countermanding one of his decisions has lost control and
needs to resign for the good of the organization.
The people who sign off on an adults application do so to make sure
that the adult applying has been reviewed and meets the high
standards of acceptance of the Chartered Organization and the Boy
Scouts of America; not to put their stamp of approval on the job that
person will be asked to do.
That's it for the tough line stand. Now for what really works.
In a district there are three key people, the District Executive,
the District Chair, and the District Commissioner. In a troop there
are four key people, the Scoutmaster, the Committee Chair, the Troop
Commissioner, and the Charter Organization Representative. It is
advisable to have a meeting of this Key Four any time a big decision
is to be made and firing an Assistant Scoutmaster is a *BIG*
In a nutshell, a strong troop requires a strong leader. This leader
has been and should always be the Scoutmaster!
DISCLAIMER: I speak for no-one except myself.
/S/ Jesse E. Cross, III - Scoutmaster of Troop 303
Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America
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