scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: What Sayeth the List?
Paul S. Wolf (PaulWolf@CUYCTYENGINEERS.ORG
Tue Feb 15 2000 - 11:51:42 CST
Murphy Peter wrote:
> 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.
BAD ANSWER. Remember, the troop should be led by the boys, with the
adults as advisors.
(1) If they wanted to replace him, they should have had the power to do
(2) By letting him stay in office and do a poor job, you allowed him to
complete the "serve in one of the following positions..." requirement,
even though he did a lousy job. Had he been replaced when the boys
asked to do so, he would NOT have completed that requirement.
(3) By asking to replace him, I think they already realized the error
and would have taken the selection more seriously in the future.
(4) for the balance of the term you had a lousy leader.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org