Re: some input please
John Conley (ITI@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Mon, 15 Jun 1998 12:22:30 -0700
angel bev wrote:
> would really love some thoughts about experiences in changing
> Scoutmasters and some pros and cons of the experience...
> so my question is...........do Troops seem to have more problems with a
> new SM when the old SM stays around and active???........that maybe with
> the old SM moving on, things will settle down better and members
> (including me) will quit wishing for the old SM and show better support
> for the current SM??
First of all, it sounds like you have a good Troop. Don't panic. A
Troop that is "down" to 32 Scouts is not on the critical list. Worry
about delivering a good program and the membership will take care of
The nature of this Scouting stuff is that leadership will eventually
change. Of course things will be differerent under a new Scoutmaster.
He can't and shouldn't try to be the same as the old SM, but if you
have chosen wisely, he will bring his own qualities to the job.
Should the old Scoutmaster stick around? That's a tough question to
which different Troops have found different answers (no, you're not
the first to experience this problem). When I stepped down as SM of
a fairly successful Troop, it soon became evident that my best
contribution was not as an ASM. The new SM was, let's say, less
assertive than me, and he wasn't going to make his own mark on the Troop
as long as I was looking over his shoulder.
A wise person suggested that I could help the Troop more by becoming
their Unit Commissioner and getting some TRAINING, and he was right.
Do you currently have a Unit Commissioner? If not, that might be a
great spot where your former SM could stay involved, but in a more
Hope this helps...
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*
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