Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: new SM HB question
Re: new SM HB question
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 03:00:19 -0600
>Got a call from our troop SM about this with request to ask the
>On page 15 of the new handbook under Junior Assistant
>...may be appointed by the senior patrol leader, with the advice
>and consent of the Scoutmaster....
>In older books, we thought this position was selected/given by the
>Scoutmaster. Have we lost it or is this a change???
Nope. It's ALWAYS been this way, Gladys...since 1972. The Junior
Assistant Scoutmaster is considered a "special staff member" of the
Troop's staff; he's appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader (the
leader of the Troop) but the Scoutmaster, like in any other youth
leadership position, can veto that decision. This is really
important back in the old days when the JASM functioned as *real
Assistant Scoutmasters* in the Troop's operation.
It's not that much of a big deal now, as unfortunately, the Boy
Scout Program Division hasn't come to grips as to what the future
holds for this traditional position...in light of the BSA's youth
protection and adult leadership policies.
We've had the JASM to "be in charge of Den Chiefs," to "be in
charge of instructors" and to "work on special projects for the
Scoutmaster." Somehow those tasks aren't really *Assistant
(c) 1999 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") firstname.lastname@example.org
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