Re: Criteria for Leadership Time
Anthony Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Tue, 22 Sep 1998 18:23:32 -0400
Some of the boys do not carry out these duties and some of the Scoutmaster
corps (we are lucky to have several ASMs!) and committee feel that the boys
should be evaluated at the end of the six month period and only give credit
for the leadership time if they have minimally fulfilled the duties of the
office. What is the List's opinion of doing this?
Bad idea. Mainly, we adults have to remember that it's our job to TRAIN
these young men to be better leaders and to handle responsibility when
they're given it. That means it's the SM and SA's job to help the Scout
learn the difference between holding an office and providing leadership. If
you wait until the end of the six month term to evaluate how well they did
it's like waiting until after you've completed 12 years of schooling to find
out how you did. Evaluation is constant, never-ending. If the SM or SAs see
that a Scout isn't fulfilling the duties of his office they should point it
out to him. That's their job.
You should also make sure everyone who has a position of responsibility
knows what is expected of them. Not just for the job, but as a troop leader.
Get them used to evaluating how they did at a particular task or job. As
they learn to look for things they need to work on as leaders, they'll get
better at evaluating others. Help them see where they're doing well and
where they need work. The trick to leadership is confidence.
An ancillary question is: Consider the boy is elected to office he only
needs two additional months of leadership to advance (all other requirements
are finished). Do you evaluate him at the end of the two-month period and
give him credit if he has done the job for the two months and therefore
advance him at that time? Or do you say that he must serve out his entire
6-month term and then be evaluated before he can advance?
Ask yourself this: If I pass him now, am I taking anything away from the
requirement? If I make him wait, am I adding anything to the requirement? In
my opinion, the Scout can be advanced as soon as he completes the
requirements. If he only needs two months, he advances after two months.
That doesn't remove his obligation to the job, though. If the term of office
is six months, he's still obligated to the position for six months.
Perhaps if we look at it hypothetically. Say the Scout is Star and needs
only two more months in a position of responsibility for Life. He is chosen
to be the Troop Quartermaster. If he completes the two months and I advance
him immediately, the remaining four months of his term as QM can be used as
leadership for Eagle. If I make him wait until the term is over, he serves
six months but only two of them will count toward advancement. He still
needs six months in a leadership position for Eagle. By making him wait out
the term, we've inadvertently added four months to the position of
responsibility requirement for Life FOR ONE SCOUT. It won't look that way in
his book because we'll only count the first two months, but in reality we
added to the requirement by not advancing him when he completed the
A. J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org , Scoutmaster Troop 381
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