Time to Train Another SPL
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM)
Tue, 8 Sep 1998 07:46:00 -0500
I need your advice.
Last week was our troop elections. It is my habit to have an hour or so
talk with the new Senior Patrol Leader to discuss his duties and
responsibilities, my expectations, and to discuss his choices for the
appointed positions within the troop.
Ryan was not present at the elections. I called him the next evening,
congratulated him and asked him to select a time that we could get
together for our first meeting. He said he'd call me back after he
checked with his father's schedule. I knew he was going to be in town
over the Labor Day weekend and I suggested we use the long
weekend to get together.
He has not called back. I thought of calling him several times but
figured I should let the troop's newest Eagle take the initiative.
Tonight is our Court of Honor. I will induct Ryan as the new SPL.
I had hoped we could induct all the troop officers but that will not
be possible because we haven't discussed it yet. I could say his
term of office will begin once he has assembled the rest of his staff
thus making him wait as a result of not following through on his promise
to call me back. Or I could let him take over at the conclusion of the
CoH whether he's ready or not. Either way, I will remind him tonight of
the importance of having our initial training. What would you do?
I'm not trying to punish or make things difficult for Ryan. I believe
that there's more to coaching a junior leader than to say "jump in and
learn to swim." While he may do just fine without hearing what I
have to say, I feel it would ease the transition. There's also a part of
me that says each Scout must learn there are consequences for
Peter M. Murphy :: email@example.com
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