Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Tenure of a Scoutmaster
Re: Tenure of a Scoutmaster
Wed, 17 Feb 1999 18:26:24 -0600
> I would raise a bit of contrary wisdom on this list however. A wisdom that a
> very good friend (40 year scouter, Silver Beaver) has shared with me on a very
> similar occassion not too long ago. And that is: For all of the good the
> Scoutmaster has done in the 50 years of his service, the fact remains that 10
> to 15 equally good men have been denied the opportunity to be Scoutmaster,
> simply because this gentleman has not stepped down, not gone on to other
I see it in a very different way, 10 to 15 equally good men have had the
opportunity to become Asst Scoutmasters, or better yet create additional
opportunities for many more boys by starting up new troops of their own.
I wouldn't be concerned about denying the Scoutmaster opportunity to
other adults. We are about serving boys. If the consistency a single
Scoutmaster brings over a long period of time better serves boys, there's
nothing wrong with it at all.
Often times units suffer from the high turnover of Scoutmasters. Each
leadership change may lose some boys.
The tenure of a leader isn't what's critical, it's his effectivness in
reaching boys and motivating them in the Scouting program.
Scouting is about making opportunities for boys, not adults.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33