Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Elections
Michael A. Golrick
Sat, 18 Dec 1999 09:20:20 -0500
Paula Sheridan (BSA Troop 62 Committee Secretary, Pikes Peak Council,
Colorado Springs, CO) <chris.sheridan@PCISYS.NET> wrote:
>Regarding elections, my son's Scoutmaster has decided that ALL positions of
>responsibility should be elected, so tonight, along with elections for
>Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders, the Troop will also be voting on
>Historian, Scribe, Librarian, Quartermaster and Troop Guides. The
>Scoutmaster has also told the boys that they can't hold any elected position
>for more than two consecutive terms. Is this typical?
My question is "why is the Scoutmaster deciding?" This is the job of the
PLC. Now, let me remark that the Troop I am with traditionally elects all
of the positions above EXCEPT the Troop Guides who are appointed by the
Scoutmaster. The reason for that is being a Troop Guide (especially for
incoming scout patrols) requires a special temperament/style which not all
The rule about two terms is definitely a PLC decision! You neglected to
mention how long a term is. In our troop, all terms are 6 months except for
quartermaster. We elect a quartermaster at each election, and each serves
for one year. This ensures that there is always a "junior" and a "senior"
QM. Our troop really does need two QMs with 5 active patrols and a
registered total of 60+ boys. The change in QM term was instituted six
months ago and seems to work.
[Side personal note: after spending most of the last 4 years as the father
of the SPL (2 sons - time off in between their terms), I am now father of
the "junior" QM, who is the outgoing SPL!]
Happy holidays to all.
Michael Golrick email@example.com
Troop 68, St. Theresa's Church, Trumbull CT
...and a good old Buffalo, too