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May 22, 2015 - Mary
May 22, 2015 - Scouter Paul
The only 'speech' a scout should give to become Troop Guide, Bugler, Scribe, Librarian, ..., is letting the SPL know that he'd like the position, needs the position, and would fulfill the duties of the position. Then, the SPL decides who gets the spot. Favoritism will most definitely play a part in the selections because the SPL wants guys he can work with and trust.
If a scout really needs a POR, he can campaign in his patrol to be their new Patrol Leader, and patrol elections should be allowed to happen at absolutely any time the patrol wants to hold one.
May 23, 2015 - Mary
May 23, 2015 - Scouter Paul
From my point of view, adults implementing their own way of doing things and ignoring the stated, published BSA way of doing things is the biggest problem in Scouting. If it is written right there on page 7, paragraph 3 (or wherever it is), why do it some other way? It makes no sense.
The scoutmaster should NOT be doing what you describe, and he should not be Running nor Leading the troop - that is the SPL's job. The scoutmaster should train the SPL to handle troop elections and appointments, and most other aspects of running the troop. But, it's easier for some adults to just take over and dictate rather than spend the time and effort to mentor youth to develop their leadership skills.
Aug 19, 2018 - Jerry Mcguire
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