scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: How to Motivate a SM? (A little Long)
Darryl Hammill (darryl.hammill@NCMAIL.NET
Wed Apr 19 2000 - 10:39:02 CDT
I am curious - and need some feedback.
Here is the scenario; I have been Committee Chair for going on three
years. During that same time we have had the same SM. The Troop is
growing, we have put in place and work with the Patrol method, the SM
and I are both SMF trained, he is in the final stages of his Woodbadge,
we jointly attend Roundtables, and we have an active dedicated
Committee. Our relationship has been more of a Partnership rather than a
typical CC/SM arrangement. This arrangement has worked for us and for
On the surface everything seems AOK. But, as CC I see some gaps in the
Troop that I have called, privately, to the SM attention. He pays them
"lip service" but the situations never improve. Here are a couple of
1) Our Troop is 4 years old. The first SPL who was not a founding member
was elected. This is a good thing and a sign of growth in my estimation.
There needed to be a "bridge" between the old founding member Scouts and
this new regime. I saw it coming and pleaded with the SM to make sure
this "bridge" was built. 45 days later this has not happened.
2) Our new SPL is making a few mistakes mostly because of a lack of
training. I have pleaded with the SM to hold a JLT for the new PLC like
immediately. It never happens. I have offered to help hold this PLC -
3) There is an obvious lack of continuity between the PLCs from the past
(where all the experience lies) to the new PLC - no attempt seems to be
made to help foster a better crossover of knowledge.
4) SOme of the older, experienced Scouts are in leadership positions
outside the mainstream - such as 3 Den Chiefs, 1 OA Representative, 1
Historian. These positions are staffed with experienced scouts, but
because of their roles they do not have direct influence on the younger,
less experienced Scouts. I have asked SM to come up with ways to create
situations where the older Scouts in these sort of positions can still
lead (without stepping on the toes of the new leaders). Nothing
How can I, as CC, motivate this SM into action? I do not want to be
perceived as "taking over" or (worst yet) as becoming the supreme
dictator. But, I know what I see and it does not seem good. Your advice
and input on this matter is, as always, appreciated.