scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Troop Leadership Positions
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU
Thu Jun 08 2000 - 15:36:17 CDT
Bob Amick wrote:
> The youth Leaders and PLC in our troop addressed these issues
> by writing an amendment to the Troop Bylaws which defines
> expectations for obtaining leadership credit while holding a youth
> leadership position in the troop. The Scouts themselves, and in
> particular, the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader wrote the document
> (very effectively I might add....this young man could be a great
> lawyer or executive, but he wants to be a military pilot); then had
> it reviewed and approved by the SM Staff and Troop Committee.
> It contains expectations for attendance, participation, and
> completing assignments etc.
> When a Scout runs for an office, he is given the list of expectations
> and job description, and he and his parents are asked to sign a
> "memorandum of understanding" indicating their acceptance and
> awareness of the expectations. Once elected, the Scout is given a
> "peer review" by the Senior youth officers and PLC and Scoutmaster,
> about once a month during the six month term. If the Scout is not
> meeting the expectations, he is given notice of a need to improve and
> offered help and counseling to do so if necessary.
> If he still fails to meet expectations, then the Scout and his
> parents will be given verbal and written notice of the problem, and
> that if he does not meet those improvements during the remainder of
> the term, will not be given credit for holding the office. Thus
> there is very little ground on which to claim a "lack of knowing what
> was expected during the term of office." This policy has just gone
> into effect, and is being "trial tested" by the youth during the
> current term. So far it seems to be working very well and there will
> be no "surprises" if any of the youth officers are not meeting
> expectations during or at the end of their terms. Most of all it
> gives them incentive to meet the goals and expectations, and
> to have timely input when they are not meeting the goals. We also
> pay a part of the Junior Leader training course fee to get as many
> Scouts to JLT as are interested which really benefits the troop when
> they graduate.
> Bob Amick, Advisor, Venturing Crew/Sea Scout Ship 72,
> ASM, Troop 72, Boulder, CO
Bob, that sounds like a fine policy, but it is unenforceable as it
stands, due to the "No one may add to or subtract from the written
requirements for advancement" rule.
If the Scout is not performing adequately, he should be removed from the
position, not given the entire term to try to improve.
If the first sentence in the third paragraph said:
If he still fails to meet expectations, then the Scout
and his parents will be given verbal and written notice
of the problem, and he will be removed from office immediately.
Then it would work. Even then however, if he spent 2 months in one job,
then was removed, and took another job for 2 months, and again was
removed, and then took a third job for 2 months and was removed again,
he would STILL meet the requirement.
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Advancement/Safety Webmaster, USSSP http://www.usscouts.org