scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: new SPL
William N. Dilla (wdilla@IASTATE.EDU
Wed Apr 26 2000 - 15:16:28 CDT
A Scouter friend of mine has a nice saying "Scouting is boy-run, but adult
manipulated." On the dues issue, I'd ask the PLC if I could give the adult
side of the issue (for monthly dues) during their meeting. Given the
importance of this, I might even suggest they put it up to the whole troop
for a vote. I would back them up for whatever they decide. As long as the
boys aren't asking for anything unreasonable, I believe that the SM's role
is to be an advocate to the troop committee for them.
As for the donut issue, your committee has no business making a decision on
that one. That's an outdoor program issue, and the committee ought to be
letting the uniformed leadership give guidance to the Scouts as to what
they can and cannot have for campout menu items.
In summary, I'd do the following:
dues issue--Let the boys decide (but with some input from you), then let
them bring it to the committee.
donut issue--Let the boys decide, if you concur with their decision,
there's no reason for it to go the committee. If my committee were trying
to micromanage things to this extent, I'd ask them which one of them wants
to volunteer to take over my job!
I'm not going to answer the rest of your question in detail--the
Scoutmaster Handbook has some very good guidance as to the role of the
troop committee. Their role is to support the program (so dues policy falls
into their responsibilities), but not to run the program (hence, the donuts
are none of their business).
BTW, we allow donuts on Sunday mornings only. Figure its more important for
the Scouts to get on the road and back to family and church activities than
it is to fiddle around with cooking breakfast on Sundays.