scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Is this a job for the Scoutmaster?
Clay Converse (ClayConver@AOL.COM
Sun Feb 27 2000 - 00:42:39 CST
I was a bit concerned that I misunderstood the role of the Troop
Committee given the responses of may individuals to this topic.
The view expressed by Mr. Dave (a fellow Baden Powell Scouter) is far
more in line with what I have understood to be the role of the Troop
The committee should be a partner in assuring the quality of the program
delivered by their Troop. The Troop with a committee that only provides
support as requested by the SM is not fully fulfilling their
responsibilities. They also have an oversight responsibility to the
Chartering Organization and BSA to insure the regulations and standards of
Scouting & the Chartering Organization are adhered to.
The problem that I believe many writers are responding to is one may of
us have seen, micromanagement of a Troop by a committee. Most of us with
experience as a commissioner have run across this problem from time to time.
The relationship between a SM and his Troop Committee should be one of
partnership. Each committee/SM needs to find a comfortable balance of
oversight vs. trust. This balance will be very different depending on the
experience & training of the SM & ASM's, and the committee. Sometimes
outside assistance in the form of a commissioner or DE may be needed to help
iron out disagreements. Been there, Done that.
From my observation Troops with an active concerned committee and a well
trained SM & assistants have the most long term success in delivering a safe
quality Scouting program. The Troop with a paper committee or one that only
responds to requests from the SM will eventually develop problems, especially
when the SM moves on.
Asst. District Commissioner & Co-Membership Chair
Tioughnioga District, Baden Powell Council, NY