Re: Who hires & fires Assistant Scoutmasters?
Ron Raab-Long (raablong@DMV.COM)
Wed, 29 Apr 1998 10:28:01 -0400
Sorry Jesse, but I beg to differ. The SM is not the CEO of a troop. The
SM is answerable to the Committee. The SM serves at the pleasure of the
Committee and CO, and can be removed by them. The SM can recruit his
assistants, and recommend whomever he wants, but the CC approves them.
If you have a good Scoutmaster, who's a good judge of character, this is
never a problem. But sometimes they make mistakes. As the CC, I have to
put my signature on the application. I will (and have) refuse to sign
adult applications for those I feel would be a detriment to our troop.
In an ideal world, no one would be hired as an AS that shouldn't be.
However, sometimes we have to correct our mistakes. It is the
Committee's job to correct these mistakes.
I'm always amazed during training when the SM learns that he doesn't run
the whole show. Its even more fun when the CC and SM are at training
CC, Troop 903
J.E. Cross III wrote:
> 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.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City