scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Summer Camp Leadership Changes
Wed Jun 21 2000 - 06:37:28 CDT
When I was a mere lad, we had a similar problem. Our SPL did not seem to
want to accompany us on our trip into the Appalachian Mountains. Instead of
appointing (anointing) a leader for the boys, Mr. Dahlstedt opted to have
the troop elect a "Hikemaster", whose job was to lead the boys on the trail.
Through some massive collective lapse in judgment, the troop selected me.
Later on, the SPL decided that he indeed wanted to go (or could go, details
are somewhat fuzzy at this distance) and was welcomed with open arms.
However, I was still the Hikemaster, and Mr. D. made sure of that! Were
there conflicts of ego? Sure there were, but cooler heads (namely Mr. D's)
prevailed and we had a tremendously fun time. Did it get weird at times? Of
course, but Mr. D was very clear that this was MY hike, not the SPL's, and
that he needed to comply with my directives as much as the youngest
Tenderfoot. Now in all reality, your ASPL was elected to supercede your SPL
in his absence. If you have made promises to the ASPL already, then the SPL
should be told that you are giving the ASPL a turn to lead, and that he is
going to need ALL of the cooperation that the real SPL can muster. This past
Summer camp our SPL went AWOL right before the Scoutmaster/SPL splash. So, I
took our ASPL instead, who had worked MUCH harder than the other boy anyway.
I was surprised to have the SPL show up at the pool. I entered them both and
the ASPL took the honors for the whole camp. Both had fun. The ASPL was
rewarded for being there when he was needed, and the SPL learned that he is
very replaceable. It's a tight line, but if you push cooperation and team
work, it usually works out.
I used to be a Bobwhite... NECS-59
I used to be a Knot-Head... SSD-20
Boy Scout Roundtable Commissioner
Central Florida Council, Semoran Springs District
Once again I seek the advice of the almighty list on a little problem
involving summer camp leadership positions.