scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Leader Succession... just do it!
Fri May 26 2000 - 07:59:32 CDT
I have to echo the sentiments of Rik Bergethon in his post about the
Scouter's Key. Staying too long in a position can have quite a few negative
consequences to your unit. As a Cub Scout Trainer and former CSRT Staffer,
and now as the BSRT Commissioner, I have one thing I ask almost every NEW
leader/trainer/staffer... Have you found your replacement yet? Yes, that's
right, brand new leaders right out of the box need to be concerned about
their succession! How much more should this apply to the seasoned veterans?
First off, you just need to spread the fun around a bit. Do we let boys be
SPL or PL for years and years and years??? No, it's not fair to the other
boys OR HIM. He should stretch himself in other areas, just like the adults
should do. Does that mean, "leaving the troop"? Gosh sakes, NO!!! We would
never ask a "former SPL" to leave, we just find another assignment for him.
Secondly, having the same leader for years (even a dynamic one) leads to
complacency. Everyone expects so and so to do it all again, and again, and
again! Brethren, (Sistren too) this ought not to be! Many times there are
VERY qualified leaders who would jus love to put their "imprint" on the
troop for a while. If there were no chances for a boy to advance, how long
do you think he would stay? I don't think adults are any different. New
Blood=New Experiences. Thirdly, (but not really finally) you are putting
your unit in imminent peril. How many of you have "spare" keys for your
cars? Why? If you lose one, you can still OPERATE THE CAR, right? Well, they
call it a Scouter's Key, because the SM is usually (not always, nor should
it be like this) the one who can OPERATE THE TROOP. Get the connection?
Don't you want a spare key for your troop? If you bring in another Scouter
as SM and something happens to him, you still have that "seasoned" key in
the wings. Why wait and lose the only key the troop has had for years and
now you are scrambling trying to find or make another key? Troops have
folded in the "find a new Scout Master interim" that seems to affect quite a
few units. This can and should be avoided. So Scout and Cub Masters,
District Committee members and chairs, BSRT and CSRT staffers and
commissioners, Unit Commissioners, Trainers and training chairs, and ANYONE
(here you thought I would go and forget your position, huh?) involved in
this grand game we call Scouting,
I have but one question to ask you...
HAVE YOU FOUND YOUR REPLACEMENT YET???
I did, I have, and I WILL... btw, you can hear this lecture again and again
whenever they get desperate and ask me to do the Cub Scout Basic Training
I used to a Bobwhite... NECS-59
I used to be a Knot-Head... SSD-20
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Central Florida Council, Semoran Springs,