scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Troop Leadership Positions
Larry Tuck (LarryT@FTMG.NET
Wed Jun 07 2000 - 12:33:03 CDT
Paul Wolf wrote:
<<There's nothing that says that the SM can't meet with each of the boys to
review their duties on a regular basis. It doesn't have to wait for THE SM
Conference when the boy is ready to advance. in fact, it shouldn't.>>
Paul is absolutely right. A couple of other suggestions:
1. Give each officer a written job description. Generalized job
descriptions are provided in the Junior Leader Handbook and the
Scoutmaster's Junior Leader Training Kit (if you can get a copy). I
supplement these with a written description of any additional duties or
requirements for the job that are specific to our troop. I ask the youth
officer to sign a copy of the job description indicating that he has read,
understands and agrees to do his best to fulfill the requirements of the
job. I also ask his parent to sign indicating that they understand his
responsibilities and agree to support him in meeting those responsibilities.
The parent signature was added after I caught flack from some parents who
viewed troop leadership positions as just another checkbox item their sons
needed for rank advancement, and gave me an earful when I sat the boys down
and explained that they had to actually do the job.
2. When you sit down to do the initial orientation meeting with each
officer (you're doing those, right?), work with them to set a specific goal
or two, especially for the low-profile offices. The goal for the historian,
for instance, might be to create a scrapbook including photos from all the
campouts during his term of office.
3. Review each officer at least once, at mid-term. More would be
better. Now, let's not get hung up on the word "review." This doesn't have
to be formal or corporate. A casual conversation in the car on the way to a
campout, on the trail or next to the campfire works just fine. If possible,
include the SPL or ASPL, as appropriate, in this conversation. They are the
other officers' "bosses."
Remember that the goal is to help the boy improve his performance, not to
reward or punish him after the fact. If you wait until the end of his term
in office, it's too late to help him do better.
SM, Troop 761
Thousand Oaks, CA