scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: SPL elections.
Kirk and Nena Barley (kirk-and-nena-barley@EROLS.COM
Sun Mar 12 2000 - 14:13:12 CST
I've been in 5-6 Troop since I move so much, can Commissioner for more.
Every Troop that had hard criteria for things (in general) ran into
trouble of one form or another. The more rules you have, the more you
remove responsibility from the boys. I'm not saying that a rule that
the SPL must be First Class is wrong, but I have adopted the point of
view that let the boys decide, then make them live with the choice. I
do not look at it any different then their menu. I make them be
responsible for how well they eat in the woods, if it stinks they
learn. This has worked for everything else that I have tried. If your
Troop picks the wrong boy, they will figure it out soon enough. Then
the next time they will choose more wisely.
I am living through my words right now. I had two Patrol Leaders
selected by their members. One's only goal in Scouting is to quit (dad
makes him come), and the other seemed to win from sympathy. His members
do not seem to respect him. The boys in these Patrols will suffer by
their choices, but they will learn that their vote counts and has a
direct bearing on their quality of Scouting life.
I'm hoping that the Patrol Leaders will experience exponential growth
from the experience and the trust their peers placed in them.
Virginia Beach UMC
Virginia Beach, VA