scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Role of Troop Committee Members
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Thu Feb 25 1993 - 20:22:20 CST
Paula wrote me privately and told me that she didn't mind me sharing my
answer with the list at large, since she sent the question she asked me
privately to the list as well..
You wrote and asked:
>You recently wrote that "It is not the Troop Committee's business to care
>about the Troop's leadership. "
>I guess I'm getting a mixed message, then. In the Troop Committee Guidebook
>(1998 edition), under the duties of Advancement Chair, it is listed that The
>Advancement Chair work with the Troop Scribe to maintain all Scout
>advancement records. Also listed is the duty of working with the Troop
>Librarian to build and maintain a Troop library of merit badge pamphlets and
>other advancement literature. Under the duties of the Outdoor/Activities
>Chair is the directive to ensure a monthly outdoor program. Under the
>duties of the Chaplain is the directive to give guidance to the Chaplain
>Aide. Under the duties listed for Equipment Coordinator is the directive to
>work with the Quartermaster on inventory and proper storage and maintenance
>of all Troop equipment. Under the duties of the Treasurer is the directive
>to train and supervise the Troop Scribe in record keeping.
All 100 percent correct. In those cases, it is NOT the TROOP COMMITTEE but
rather the "adult association" between the youth member (troop officer) and
the adult committeemember (serving as mentor as well as "go between" to get
and give information).
The way that the Scouting program was created, Paula, 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
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 that patrol
>In each of these instances, the guidebook that the BSA is strongly urging
>the Troop Committee to use for "successful Troop operation" has several
>Troop Committee members working directly with Scouts in leadership
>positions. How can the Troop Committee do its job of working with Scout
>leaders, but not care about the Troop's leadership?
The Troop Committee as a WHOLE needs to leave the Troop's operation to the
Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader. The Troop Committee MEMBERS
individually do work with the individual Scout leaders...
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.
Thanks for asking me to clarify it further out!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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