"I'll be honest, I do like the fact that the members of the troop elect the SPL. It reminds me more of our democratic republic format,"
Yes, who among us would NOT take Green Bar Bill's power away from the Patrol Leaders, in exchange for the darling cuteness of a school election?
"The original SPL selection of GBB's, i.e. PLs elect the SPL, reminds me more of a parliamentary system. But again that's just me."
No it's not just you, Eagle92.
Thanks to the invention of "leadership" development, the BSA's "Real" Patrol Method has become so "foreign" to most Americans, that a committee of Patrol Leaders with the power to select their own coordinator strikes most of us "trained" adults as the "parliamentary system."
" i.e. the PLC= Congress and the SPL=President. It's just that the SPL also presides over the PLC. "
Cut the crap Eagle92
Let's run our Troop Elections the RIGHT Way, with a Two Party System:
Patrol Method Party = Parliament (Bad) Scouting conservatives ("Traditional," "Old-Fashioned," Patrol Adventure)
Troop Method Party = America! (Good) Scouting liberals ("Modern," "Innovation," Webelos III "Controlled Failure" Bailouts)
Scoutmaster = President (Power of the Veto). Appointed by the Electoral College (Scoutmaster can win popular vote & still lose election).
PLC = Senate (Each Patrol equally represented)
SPL = Vice President (Presides over the PLC. Appointed at his SM's party convention, after a series of Primary Elections in which the Scoutmaster candidates in both parties launch hateful smear campaigns against the other adults in their own party).
Troop Committee = House of Representatives (Each Patrol votes for its favorite mommies and daddies) THIS IS VERY AMERICAN, because Baden-Powell's Patrol Leaders (Bad) run the Troop without any "Committee" of mommies and daddies!
"IMHO, it reinforces the concept that you must elect good leaders."
In Realistic Troop Elections, if the Scouts elect adults that don't do exactly what they want, they can vote for new adults in six months
Yours at 300 feet,