scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Role of the Troop Committee Members
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Tue Feb 23 1993 - 19:59:45 CST
I promised Jessi that I would "knock off the online Scouting early" tonight.
But thanks to Paula Sheridan, I have two additional comments to make in
support of my previous postings on the matter of the Troop Committee
"staying out of the business" which clearly belongs between the Scoutmaster
and the Troop's leader, the Senior Patrol Leader.
As always, I don't share private conversations between Scouters and myself
unless that Scouter has clearly asked or have given me permission to do so.
So I won't share what we talked about, but rather two points I made in
answering her questions about what we talked about (talk about "walking
around a topic"!!)
The way that the Scouting program was created, was that for every youth
leader in the Troop, there was a corresponding adult that would mentor and
assist this young man while they worked with their Scout peers. Have a
problem, see your mentor. Many Troops got away from this because many
Troops don't have the adult interest in wanting to work directly with a
young man (WITH, not "in charge of").
That's why the BSA wanted to give the Troop Committee more responsibility
than they previously had...because if the program is used correctly, the
Troop Committee won't need to "talk with the Scoutmaster" to get a "pulse"
of the Troop...they would already have at least one way of finding out if
the program is working or needs tweaking: the youth member that they work
with in the Troop leader/committeemember relationship.
(The Troop Committee Guidebook as well as several other BSA materials,
emphasize the role of individual Troop Committeemembers in working closely
with Troop officers in specific roles: for instance, the Facilities and
Equipment Committeeperson works closely with the Troop's Quartermaster in
storing, maintaining and cataloging the Troop's equipment. Who would be
best able to tell if that Quartermaster is doing his job: the Scoutmaster or
the Senior Patrol Leader during meetings (remember the role of the
Scoutmaster!); and who would be best able to tell if that Quartermaster is
doing his job: the Equipment and Facilities Committeemember or the Scoutmaster?)
The Scoutmaster would mentor the Senior Patrol Leader, and the first
Assistant Scoutmaster would mentor the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. For
every eight boys, there should be an Assistant Scoutmaster (which is where
we got the "Assistant Scoutmaster - New Scout Patrol" thing from as well as
the older "Assistant Scoutmaster - Venture" and "Assistant Scoutmaster-
Varsity" from in the days before we got rid of those) to advise and coach
(but not to "tell" or "direct" that patrol leader.
and I closed my reply to Paula with the following:
Think about this, please: If the Troop Committee wanted to know about the
status of the Troop's leadership, why aren't they talking with *each
other*...after all, part of the responsibility, as you and I agree, is in
working with and mentoring that one or perhaps two Scouts serving in
leadership positions in the Troop.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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