Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: Serve as Unit Commissioner AND Troop Committe member ?
Re: Serve as Unit Commissioner AND Troop Committe member ?
Wed, 18 Nov 1998 15:27:16 -0500
Jeffrey Bloom wrote:
> Can anyone tell me if there is a BSA policy that says a person CANNOT serve
> both as a Troop;s Unit Commissioner AND the also serve at the same time on the
> same Troop Committee ?
There is no BSA policy stating that a person registered with a Troop
cannot be dual-registered in a District position (there would be
few District Scouters if there were). However, you specifically
asked about "serving", not registering. Your Unit Commissioner
shouldn't "serve" as if he were a member of your Troop Committee.
> Our Troop never thought this was a problem. In fact, we thought it was one of
> the strong points of our Troop --- giving the Troop Comm. extra "guidance" &
> "perspective" so to speak.
It's great that your Unit Commissioner attends Committee meetings to
give guidance and perspective; that's part of his job.
However, the perspective you want him contributing is not the
perspective of a Committee member. You want him contributing the
perspective of a concerned, trained, but objective friend.
We've had several recent threads about how Assistant Scoutmasters
are not Committee members, because the people evaluating the Troop's
program shouldn't also be the people delivering it. In the same way,
the most objective evaluation of your Troop's overall health will
probably not come from a Committee member.
There was an article about this very subject in the the fall edition
of "The Commissioner," a BSA publication that goes to all Council
Commissioners. Perhaps this is why your Council made an issue of this
at this time.
Some people think that a person active with a Unit should never be
recruited to be that Unit's Commissioner. I personally believe "never"
is a bit extreme, but a Commissioner recruited from the Unit he is to
serve needs to be trained to understand that his role has changed.
> But we have recently been informed by our Council that our Unit Commissioner
> CANNOT also serve on the Troop Committee as a Committe member.
Cannot is a strong word, but I agree that he *should* not serve *as a
Committee member*. That doesn't mean he can't be of great service.
John Conley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*