Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Planning leadership change
Planning leadership change
Roman J. Smith
Mon, 15 Feb 1999 11:17:22 -0500
I have an update on our troop's planning our change of leadeship. For
those who are newer, or just plain forgot, I will be taking over as SM
after our July-August Philmont Trek. This will entail the need to move our
troop meeting center back to the church. The plan I put together was:
1. Work with the pastor to find a new chairman and get a full committee in
2. Get the new committee to buy into supporting the troop needs, given my
3. Get the junior leaders to accept a change in adult leadership culture
without upsetting their own culture or leadership style.
4. Find a place to house the equipment and trailer.
5. Arrange an appropriate ceremony to recognize the outgoing leadership in
an appropriate manner.
We have a new Committee Chairman. He is an Eagle Scout who came to us
through another ASM and asked what he could do to help us out. He has two
pre-school age children. He has already attended our Scout Sunday Mass
with us, and this past weekend brought his dad up to our council camp for
an hour to see our Klondike Derby. His dad had owned part of the land that
is now the camp, and was instrumental in helping convince all of the other
land owners at the time that it was in everyone's interest to sell the
entire block of land at once. Both the new CC and his dad were impressed
by the number of scouts and leaders that were there that day from various
troops. We are very pleased to have him on board.
The pastor has promised to give us meeting space and storage space in the
Parish Center. We will meet in April to see what space will be appropiate.
Some of the space is in temporary use while construction is being
completed on our school expansion project. We may have to get rid of some
legacy equipment and scale down our equipment inventory to meet the storage
availability. Our Sea Scout Ship may be pursuaded to absorb some of the
newer equipment, and we can just use the older equipment for the time
being. It will still give us a lot less to store. The Ship has its own
storage space elsewhere.
So we are on our way. We still need a place to store the trailer, and
someone to pull it when we need to take it. But the with some of the
issues behind us, we can spend more time on the sticky items.
The boys keep asking what will be different when I take over, but I refuse
to talk in detail. I simly tell them that they will not find out as long
as the current SM is still on board. But I drop hints that there may some
different styles. They asked about building new patrol boxes and having
some special patrol badges made, but I have suggested that they wait until
fall. They seem to get the hint that I want them to re-evaluate some of
the ways things are done now. They ask: "Well how YOU going to do it next
year?" I answer: "WE don't know how WE are going to it yet. Why waste a
lot of resources until we do know?"
Roman J. Smith
University of Notre Dame
(219)631-4624 Fax: (219)631-8223
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 505 / Committee Member, Ship 505
-I used to be an Owl