scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Troop election problem
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Thu Mar 02 2000 - 06:04:14 CST
From your post I can see no big problems. I do have a couple of
suggestions, to smooth out the election process. First, when you have
you regular Annual Troop Planning session with the PLC, have them lay
out the election date, and election criteria and rules of the election.
So, if there is a snag in the process, the PLC, which represents the
boys in the troop, has set the ground rules beforehand. If you want to
have secret paper ballots or a show of hands with the candidates out of
the room, that is the way they wanted it. If the PLC sets the criteria
that "if you run for an office, you better accept the office if elected"
the candidates will not do any of this "I quit, I just wanted to see if
I could get elected" stuff.
We allow the boys to campaign for the office, giving each boy time to
speak on why he wants to be in that position. I remember the first time
I supervised an election in my troop, one boy, who was a little weird,
campaigned on the platform of: "I know I'm not the most popular guy in
the troop but I will do a good job for you." He did get elected to that
position, and now, years later, is the SPL. He has outgrown his
"weirdness" and is a good scout, a good leader, and much more popular
with the boys.
In conclusion, let the PLC set the rules and they all (the rest of the
troop) will live with them. Your problem of the boys voting by age group
is just part of the make-up of the troop. The older boys have been
together longest, know each other more and tend to stick together. The
middle age group all came into the troop together and learned together,
therefor know each other better. The same with the younger group. They
all seem to gravitate into groups by rank, experience and patrol. As new
boys come into the troop from Webelos, we keep them in one patrol. As
they grow older in the troop, they stay in the same patrol. The patrol
of the oldest boys is the Indian patrol, the Cobras is the next
youngest, then Panthers, etc. I think the "groupiness" by age is
natural, also it is patrol spirit.
So, did you PLC set up the election rules? Or did you?