scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: New SPL
Jeff Tjosvold (Mnscouter@AOL.COM
Mon Apr 24 2000 - 23:44:06 CDT
Our Troop has been getting closer to being boy led with each election over
the last couple of years. Originally I would plan the PLC meetings, take
notes and then finalize the Troop meeting plans. Over time I have been
weaning them of my involvement with planning and leaving it up to the boys.
I just got back from my first SM/SPL meeting with a newly elected SPL. A
popular Scout who is a natural leader. He will be attending our Pine Tree
Junior Leader Training Conference this June. I told him that I was stepping
back and the Troop was his to run. I will be there to support him, to ensure
we follow BSA policy and safety measures, Training, etc. He's very eager to
take over. His first ideas for improving the Troop were:
1) Change from monthly to annual dues. Feels too much time is taken
collecting dues at Troop meetings every month. (I told him that as I
recalled, it was to encourage thrift. He countered that we should be thrifty
with time as well)
2) Allow doughnuts for one breakfast per campout. Feels that if they are
supplemented with some fruit and juice (are pancakes smothered in butter and
syrup much better for them?), should be OK. Other meals are cooked unless
logistics say otherwise.
I advised him to put it on the agenda for the next PLC meeting. I am
guessing that it will be overwhelmingly approved. Next step, he should bring
it to the committee. That is where the monthly dues and the doughnut ban
came from. Where do you draw the line on what the boys are able to decide?
(Besides safety, BSA policy, legal issues, Scout Law, Scout Oath, etc.)
How would you handle a PLC/committee conflict?
Jeff Tjosvold, Scoutmaster
Troop 211, Maple Grove, MN
I used to be an Eagle....