scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Is this a job for the Scoutmaster?
David Delman (Delman01@COMPUSERVE.COM
Fri Feb 25 2000 - 22:13:07 CST
<21 Feb 2000 11:11:57 Darryl Hammill <darryl.hammill@NCMAIL.NET>
<In a recent message to the Committee Chair (that's me) one of the
<Committee Members asked to have this added to the agenda.
<"A report from the scoutmaster on exactly what scouts in leadership
<positions have done to fulfill the responsibilities of those positions."
(OK Last time I put you in WA did I get it right this time??)
Are you sure someone on your committee wasn't reading my and other
Scouts-Lr posts from years ago. OK Maybe they have been reading BSA's
literature or they are SMF trained and again we don't get the credit
AH!! Shucks!!! Congratulate (s)he.
The Committee Member is doing EXACTLY as (s)he should be doing.
Let me say it again
The COMMITTEE MEMBER is doing EXACTLY as (s)he should be doing
i.e. Overseeing the Scout Program in your troop as in BSA's lit.
Read the Agenda description in the Troop Committee Guidebook page
33-34 and then read about BoR's on page 30 concerning the Troop
Committee's responsibility in the Troop. After that get the new
red booklet Advancement Committee policies and procedures and read
page:13 Article X Clause 7.
I am sure you will see even though this seems to you, the SM and
particularly MikeW and BillN like an affront to the SM this is A
totally wholesome question in line with the Troop Committee's
scope of authority as a partner and lead overseer in the Troop's
As Committee Chairman I might, and I might not, list this item as
a separate agenda item depending on how your troop worked. If I did
list it I would put it under the ScoutMasters Report section of the
Committee Agenda. Other Troops might slide it under the Advancement
Report done by the Committee Advancement Person. In either case that
and an entire gamut of information should easily flow from the SM
to the Troop Committee. The SM is not KING or QUEEN and can not just
say GO AWAY Committee and just give me whatever I want.
In addition during the SM's report if a committee member wanted to
complain about the Troop not following best of scouting THIS is
TOTALLY appropriate. Don't ever accept a SM that says BUG OFF this
is the SPL's troop you the Committee have no authority even asking.
SORRY BillN, MIKEw YOU ARE WRONG!!
JimmyS's note is a lot closer to the subtle or direct way the SPL,
Scribe, JASM, etc can be involved in a Troop Committee meeting
to upply exactly the same info the SM would provide.
Maybe MikeW or BillN read something into the question I didn't read
or there are other difficulties in this troop they are personally
aware of, YET I don't see them in DarrylH's message. To make the
Committee person feel that they are "snooping" on their son's troop
is totally inappropriate.
YiS, IMHO, and may we each attempt to live the SO,SL,SS,SM
Mr Dave (Hawleyton, NY (Baden-Powell Council