scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Committee/Scoutmaster Questions
Bill Nelson (bnelson45@HOTMAIL.COM
Wed Mar 08 2000 - 19:12:25 CST
On Wed, 8 Mar 2000 13:25:42 -0600, James Walker <wwwalker@IX.NETCOM.COM> wrote:
>I need to know what the "official" BSA policy is regarding the following
Have you checked out the "Scoutmaster's Handbook", many of your answers are there.
These are not direct quotes, but summaries:
It is the committee's job to select troop leaders (see page 157), they work with the Scoutmaster. pg 157
Patrols normally form with a combination of boys being assigned to them and friends joining together. see pg 20
Can't advise you of anything official about patrols merging, having the PLC decide with Scoutmaster approval seems appropriate, but not official.
The troop committe can reassign ASMs, but they end up reporting to the Scoutmaster, so the Scoutmaster should have some say. pg 157, pg 16
The troop committee can establish additional requirements for Scouts to participate in the outdoor program and to attend summer camp. But I would encourage it to come from the PLC. pg 157
For the merit badge process see page 123 Once the merit badge councillor signs the card, the Scout has earned the badge. Your assessment of the Scoutmaster's signiture is correct.
Have the parents go to training, or read the Scoutmaster's Handbook, or pull out the commonly asked questions and present the answers to them at a parent meeting (i.e., hold your own 'parent training'...that's what we do). The BSA has a nice handout of the MB process.
Hope this helps,