scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Is this a job for the Scoutmaster?
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sun Feb 21 1993 - 13:08:06 CST
You asked us all about an item on the agenda of your Troop Committee's meeting:
>"A report from the scoutmaster on exactly what scouts in leadership
>positions have done to fulfill the responsibilities of those positions."
>I thought, at first, that this was an interesting item to add. But, on
>further reflection, I wonder if this is a question that the SM should
>answer? Or, is this a question that the SPL should answer?
This is a question which is none of the Troop Committee's ROUTINE business,
Darryl. I would suspect that the Troop Committee is trying to "invent a way
for you to tell them the gossip of the Troop" without saying on the agenda:
"A report from the Scoutmaster on what's the latest dirt going on with his
This, if ANYONE should be answering, is the area of the Senior Patrol Leader
(SPL). He appointed those youth to those positions of responsibility, and
therefore the "buck stops" with him. If a young man isn't "doing his job"
to the satisfaction of the SPL (and the Scoutmaster), then the SPL should be
the one doing the first counselling and/or corrective actions.
After all, it is the SPL's Troop...NOT the "Scoutmaster's".
The ONLY time the Troop Committee should be concerned about whether or not a
youth leader is "doing their job or not" is during Boards of Review for
If the Troop Committee needs a report on "the latest stuff" from the Troop,
that's the job of the LEADER of the Troop to provide such a report. If your
Senior Patrol Leader isn't making such a report to your Troop
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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