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    • In both my Cub Scout & Boy Scout volunteer experiences, I joined troops with established leadership groups.  We had leaders who had been around for a while.  The leadership team in the pack is about 10 people.  In the troop about 20.  There is a defined pack/troop culture that was established by the "senior" leaders.  New leaders certainly take on positions of responsibilty, but there is always someone who can point them in the right direction.   Someone new shows up and starts making waves, someone pulls them aside and points them in the right direction.  It's all very positive as everyone is pulling in the same direction trying to have the best troop possible. In my humble opinion, I think this kind of culture would be useful in more packs and troops.
    • Ahh.  Yes, that would be problematic.  In my troop every adult is (at a minimum) required to do the position specific training.  But from there, there is little guidance provided to new adult leaders from experienced ones.  I think this probably is a part of why we do still have some issues getting adults to back off and let the kids actually run things.  We have a couple adult leaders that really think their job is to "keep the boys/girls on task".
    • In our troop "the committee" for all practical purposes is just any registered adult that shows up for the committee meeting.
      Personally, I do double duty as an ASM and Equipment Coordinator.  I just respect the restrictions of each role.  (ie: even though I'm on the committee, I don't sit Boards of Review because I'm also an ASM)
    • In our troop we seem to have a paradox new leaders expect to get their guidance from more experienced leaders.  They don't got to training because they know the experienced adults will show them the ropes once untrained leaders get some experience they decide that they know the basics already and it's pointless to go spend a day taking training. So, after a while you see a whole bunch on untrained, experienced leaders.
    • I think this is a function of stupid rules and inconsistent programming.  One can only read just so much stupidity before you starting thinking "Hell, if just this part that I've read is asinine, why bother with the rest?"
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