Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Troop Webmaster
Thu, 2 Sep 1999 21:33:03 -0400
Your e-mail is already a pretty significant and impressive indication that
the postion of Troop Webmaster can be a position of responsibility. What
you have proposed to do certainly is every bit as important for your Troop
as jobs traditionally performed by a Troop Scribe. Your Scoutmaster has
ultimate discretion to decide what jobs he/she is willing to assign to
fullfil requirement #5, but I think this would be an excellent job to
So now you also have a little salesmanship job to do. Ask your Scoutmaster
what leadership opportunites a Scribe has and what can a boy in that job
learn that enriches his Scout experience. Then turn around and show how you
can get the same experience as a Webmaster, which is very much like an
electronic scribe for the Troop. If he/she can understand that it is very
much like a traditional and accepted leadership position, it may be easier
to agree that it is worth an experiment.
If you need to ask whether your Scoutmaster would be willing to take the job
on trial, where you would have monthly meetings to check performance and at
any time that he thought the job wasn't giving you enough leadership
opportunity, he could stop the job then. Let him/her have the chance to
warm up to it, if you need to.
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.