Scoutmaster Musings - Day 7

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Day 7
100 days of scouting Day 7: Our troop is considering dividing into two troops. We've discussed it for the past year and are now in the decision-making stages since I've announced I'll be done as scoutmaster in the fall. We have two excellent scoutmaster candidates lined up, facilities in which to meet, about 70 families to divide, and 8 months to get it done. It's an exciting time.

This afternoon, I chatted with one of the scoutmaster candidates to start sharing all my information, files, tasks, and 'stuff'. I chatted with the other one last week.

We had a troop committee meeting specifically for parents to discuss the split, followed immediately by a troop meeting. The scouts elected a new SPL to start on April 1 for a 6-month term. Now, I get to start training him and helping him choose his leadership team and schedule Troop Leader Training.

We also had Order of the Arrow elections. The scouts in this troop have historically been very stingy with these elections. They proved that again last night by electing only 1 scout out of 14 eligible candidates. I did not hear the introduction to the voting so I'm not sure how the stage was set, but I need to ask about it.

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Posted: 8:31 02-15-2011 568
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 Feb 15, 2011 - Tim
Wow, not many people are in that situation. Congrats on a job well done. Two questions though, are you going to dissolve the Troop and start two new ones or are you going to split one off? I know that you will let us know how it works out. One elected out of fourteen is VERY stingy, how do you deal with the, obvious, hard feelings? (when I say 'you', I know that it is a group decision and effort.)
Feb 15, 2011 - Jonathan
NIce. Good luck!
Feb 16, 2011 - Matt
I am sorry to hear you are not going to be the scoutmaster. I have enjoyed your blog and all the great things you do for your scouts.
Feb 16, 2011 - Scoutmaster Paul
Matt - I expect to stay involved. Maybe I'll be 'Scouter Paul' instead of 'Scoutmaster Paul'. Or, maybe just the old goat.

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