scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Is this a job for the Scoutmaster?
Chris & Paula Sheridan (chris.sheridan@PCISYS.NET
Mon Feb 21 2000 - 18:07:51 CST
In a previous post, Darryl asked if it's appropriate for a Troop Committee
member to request "a report from the Scoutmaster on exactly what Scouts in
leadership positions have done to fulfill the responsibilities of those
Mike Walton responded that he suspected that this Troop Committee member is
"trying to invent a way for you to tell him the gossip of the Troop." Mike
also wrote that the only time the Troop Committee should be concerned about
the fulfillment of leadership responsibilities is during Boards of Review
for various ranks.
I have a few questions about that advice. If, for instance, Scouts in
leadership positions are ignoring their responsibilities to the extent that
the overall quality of the Troop's program is being negatively impacted,
isn't this a legitimate concern for the Troop Committee? And since it may
take a year or more for a Scout to need a Board of Review for rank, doesn't
that seem to be an exceptionally long period of time to wait for the problem
to be addressed? Or how about if the TC hears from other Scouts during
Boards of Review that they feel some Scouts are not carrying out their
responsibilities? Shouldn't the Scoutmaster be alerted to these concerns?
Yes, ideally, the concerned Troop Committee member should go to the SPL for
answers. But what about a case where ALL the Scout leaders in positions of
responsibility were not appointed by the SPL, but elected by the
Troop-at-large. And what if this decision to elect all Scout leaders was
not made by the PLC, but by the Scoutmaster himself? This "hypothetical"
Troop has inadvertently designed a situation where accountability kind of
Finally, does this "example" Troop just wait around for the next election
cycle to let the SPL have the responsibility of appointing his fellow
Waiting to be educated,