By now, every unit should have filed its annual Centennial Quality Unit report for 2009 and forecast for 2010. In 2007, when the CQU program replaced the old Quality Unit, the due dates were changed from being coincidental with the charter renewal. The report may be submitted beginning October 31 but is due by December 31. Continue reading “Quality Unit: What’s in it for them?”
Last night at Roundtable, one of our participants got off on a tangent about the advancement process in her troop. Remarking that it took her son, an ambitious go-getter, three years to make First Class, she mentioned that it was because the Scoutmaster was very particular about just which Scouts were allowed to sign off on advancements, there were no opportunities for advancements to be completed at camp or troop meetings, and she’d end up driving him to other boys’ houses to get things signed off. Many other boys were in the same situation and it seemed that the Scoutmaster took some delight in making the boys struggle. We were talking about another topic when she brought this up, but I got to thinking about a response. Continue reading “What’s a Parent to Do?”
In many troops, there is an ongoing battle, or maybe just a misunderstanding, about exactly who is responsible for what. Without getting into the line between what is an adult function and what is a youth responsibility, I’m referring to committee and program functions and how sometimes the lines get blurred. Continue reading “Which Lane are You In?”
This month’s What Would You Do? question in Scouting Magazine comes from Scoutmaster D.M. of Ft. Myers, Fla.:
We recently had our troop leadership elections, and the Scouts elected a senior patrol leader who is inexperienced, uncommitted, and has no real sense of responsibility. I am worried about the direction of the troop, but I want to respect the boys’ choice. What do I do? Continue reading “Dealing with troop election results”
While we’re on the subject, let’s think about the adult role at the patrol leaders’ council meetings.
Simply put, adults have no role, because the PLC is composed of the youth leaders of the troop, and the PLC meeting is their meeting — not the adults’ meeting! Continue in Chapter 3 of the Scoutmaster Handbook, which states that “the Senior Patrol Leader chairs the Patrol Leaders’ Council meetings.” Continue reading “Adult involvement, part 2”