Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Scoutmaster "retirement"
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 10:41:34 -0500
Well, it finally came about ... last Sunday, which was Scout Sunday at
our CO, I OFFICIALLY handed over the SM position to Paul Boulden, who
had been a SA for over three years.
We used "Mike Walton's" retirement ceremony (the one he lifted from the
1947 SM Handbook) as a starting point for the ceremony, but modified it
to be more appropriate for a church service.
The ceremony went something like this (pretty extemporaneous) immediately
after the invocation:
- (Pastor) Introduction of Cub Pack & Leaders and of Scout Troop & Leaders
- (Pastor) Introductory remarks about SM's "retirement"
Call forward CC, SPL and old SM
- (CC & SPL) Remarks of appreciation
Presentation of tokens of appreciation
- (Old SM) "Last Words"
- (Pastor) Introduce new SM
- (CC) Words of Welcome
- (Pastor - with troop standing) "Paul, will you provide, to the best of
your ability, the leadership for this group of boys, to help
them grow in mind, body and spirit, and to exemplify the
Scout Oath and Law?"
(New SM) "I will"
- (SPL then removes badge of office from old SM's sleeve; old SM gives
a new SM patch to SPL to place on new SM's sleeve--stuck with duct tape)
- (Old SM then presents a new SM handbook to the new SM)
- (New SM) Words of greeting
- (Pastor) Prayer of blessing
The pastor also mentioned the new ministry which I've been called to, which
is providing bible study and worship opportunities for boys in one of our
local juvenile correction facilities. This is a ministry which my Sunday
School class began last year; it officially takes only one night a month
(which may grow), but the preparation takes additional time. To me, this
is a very exciting ministry, because I can see what these boys have not
had (that my Scouts took for granted).
Since this new ministry isn't as intensive as was being a SM, I'm going
to remain involved with the troop and will probably find some work for
the district -- and definitely keep in touch with SCOUTS-L!
My first action as a new "non-SM" is going to be to convince the troop
committee to give some recognition and appreciation to the adults who
have made our troop program possible. Our committee always has been
niggardly about recognizing the work of the adults, which leads the
non-active adults to conclude that no more help is needed. (One previous
SM received no recognition until I forced the issue after I became SM.)
This is why I chose to receive my beads at a COH and wanted the change
of SM ceremony to take place when we had lots of parents present. The
March COH is generally a small COH; we fatten it up with Friends of
Scouting, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to say "Thanks"
to those who HAVE given freely of their time to the troop.
My initial plan is to have a certificate of appreciation for EVERYONE
who has served as SA or MC, with additional recognition for those
who have made special contributions (the full "hour a week"!). It's
my hope that this will encourage all the parents to become more
SCOUTS-L has been a fantastic resource for me during my tenure as SM.
Thanks to all of you who have participated in it and, like I told my
Scouts, I'm not going away; I look forward to continuing to work with
you in the future.
NOT THE SM!
Troop 751, Glen Allen VA
... a good old Eagle ...
maybe they meant an hour a DAY!!!