scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: SPL who won't camp
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET
Tue Feb 22 2000 - 10:17:15 CST
Laurence Ashbacher wrote:
> We all should lighten up a little, not take ourselves too seriously, and
> remember that Scouting is fun.
Larry is 100% correct!
As to using e-mail, etc., I've found this method of communications
to be very effective, especially with the past four or five SPLs
in our troop. I still see our SPL each Monday night and at PLC
meetings and we communicate through e-mail almost every day.
As far as the SPL who won't camp, I feel it would be very unwise to let
the PLC remove the young man from office. Being "boy led" doesn't mean
adults can't step in and over-rule a decision which is unwise and not in
accordance with the Scout Oath and Law.
A couple of years ago, the PLC in my troop attempted to impeach a 14
year old SPL due to a disagreement with the way he ran a camping
activity. Several of the boys had been through our troop and council
JLT training so I asked them to produce a statement in any type of
Scouting literature which stated that a SPL could be impeached. I also
asked them to tell me which point in the Scout Law they would use to
justify the impeachment. They couldn't do either so I told them to wait
until we had another SPL election (two months) and then vote against the
SPL if he ran again.
Well, the young man didn't run again and a new SPL was elected. The SPL
they wanted to remove is still with our troop (serving as an ASPL) and
is in his second term as Order of the Arrow Chapter Chief. This summer,
he'll be attending the National Junior Leader Insturctor Conference at
Philmont. If he chooses to run for SPL of our troop again some day,
he'll probably be elected and do a much better job. If he had been
impeached, he would have probably departed our troop or dropped out of
Scouting entirely. I'm glad I stepped in and prevented our PLC from
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
I used to be an Owl (WM-62-2-98 @ Philmont)