scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: What Sayeth the List?
Murphy Peter (MurphyP@TCE.COM
Tue Feb 15 2000 - 08:34:13 CST
> I'm a Scoutmaster for a small troop with an SPL that
> has recently decided he does not like to camp.
My last SPL did not go camping during his entire tenure.
I was concerned about his lack of leadership and participation.
His absence was a result of too many conflicts.
My solution was to discuss expectations before each election
and to specifically tell the nominees that I expect them
to be present at meetings and campouts. If they do not feel
that they can commit to that, then they should withdraw their
name before the election. My troop has nominations one week
and elections the following week.
Years ago I had a SPL that the boys wanted to replace right
after summer camp because he was pretty worthless during
camp. I told the troop that they elected him and they had
to live with their own decision. And maybe they would take
the selection of their leaders a little more seriously in
the future and not just make it a popularity contest.
So I vote to let the troop suffer the consequences of their
choice made in the last election. Besides, if a SPL has a term
of only 6 months, by the time you figure out you elected
the wrong one you only have a month or two left. Maybe this
will prompt more boys to be interested in the job.
Peter Murphy, Scoutmaster Troop 125, Crossroads of America Council