scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: SPL elections
Brown Michael-EMB021 (Michael_Brown-EMB021@EMAIL.MOT.COM
Mon Mar 13 2000 - 10:39:16 CST
> When I became scoutmaster in our troop I inherited a tradition where the
> was basically appointed by the SM. I have upheld this tradition so far,
> but I am becoming interested in converting to the more traditional
election of the
As others have pointed out, this is not the proper way to run a Boy Scout
Troop. The boys of
the troop elect the SPL and Patrol Leaders. Other positions are appointed
by the SPL with
To add to what others have said.
* Go out and get a copy of the Scoutmaster Handbook (#33009) and read it.
It will explain how the troop is supposed to run. Get copies for your
assistants and some of your troop committee.
* Go out and get copies of the Junior Leader Handbook (#33500A). This book
is for the new junior
leaders and explains how the troop should be run.
* Go out and get copies of the Troop Committee Guidebook (#34505B). This
book is aimed at the troop committee and explains how a boy scout troop runs
and their part in it.
When possible, get yourself and your assistants, and any other adult thru
Scoutmastership Fundamentals. Get your committee members to go to Troop
Committee training (#34371A) and your troop Junior Leaders thru JLTC and run
the Junior Leader Orientation Workshop defined in the SMHB as soon as
possible after elections.
Also, many troops do set minimum requirements for SPL and other positions.
However, these requirements should NOT be set by you or the troop committee,
but by the PLC. They should be reasonable (First Class Scout as a minimum).
Please note, I have used the latest document numbers for the above booklets.
Get those, not previous editions.
Hope this helps
Venturing Crew #1838