Re: Forgive my ignorance
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Fri, 12 Jun 1998 21:32:37 -0500
Lisa Constser asks for forgiveness; it's okay, Lisa...a LOT of Scouters
don't know much about the PLC....I'm GLAD you asked that question for them
as well as yourself!!
I'm going to take your questions and organize them a bit to make the answers
You asked specifically:
>What does PLC stand for?
>I am guessing that PLC is Patrol Leader (Committee/Council)?
Patrol Leaders' Council is the actual title of the leadership organization
of the Troop. This is *the* (or should be!!) decision-making authority of
> does every troop have a PLC?
Every Troop SHOULD have a PLC; in some Troops the PLC is nothing more than a
"rubber stamp" for the Scoutmaster.....in others, they ARE the decision
makers (good or bad) of their Troops!
>Who comprises the membership?
The composition of the PLC is all of the leaders of the various patrols and
groups within the Troop: the Patrol Leaders, the Venture Patrol/Crew
Leader(s), the Senior Patrol Leader and his Assistant(s). Additionally, the
SPL may appoint other leaders of the Troop, more specifically the Scribe and
Quartermaster as members of the PLC. "Leadership Corps" members and other
Troop officers are normally NOT members of the PLC, nor are Junior Assistant
Scoutmasters nor ANY SCOUTMASTERS (Assistant or not) are members of the PLC.
The Scoutmaster serves as ADVISOR of the PLC, but is NOT a voting member of
the Patrol Leaders' Council.
> how long do the members serve?
The members serve as long as they are elected or appointed to their specific
Troop office, anywhere from four to nine months depending on Troop.
>I have never heard PLC addressed in my sons' troop of 50+.
I'm sorry that your Troop chooses not to emphaize this important element of
Troop leadership and ownership. The Senior Patrol Leader and his Patrol
Leaders and others should be managing the Troop's program, should be running
Troop program and should be the ones that make the major decisions on Troop
matters. The Scoutmaster and his or her Assistants and Junior Assistants
merely make things happen for the leaders of the Troop.
Hope this brief answer helps out....we're under storms here, and I've got
Jessi telling me to "turn it all off!!", so I've got to get off of here.....
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