I am a new Parent in a Troop and was a scout for 2 years when I was a youth. My experience in running a troop is little to none. I have completed all of the required training to be an Assistant Scout Master. We have a new Scoutmaster and the previous Scoutmaster is still active in the troop.
The New Scoutmaster wants to make changes to the program that moves the Troop further along in the 'Boy Lead' area. He is really focused on leadership development. He is running into a committee that does not want to make changes and have challenged the SM's authority to make program changes.
I tell the SM that it will take time to change some things. Our Troop is active, organized, growing, etc. so not all things are bad. Which I believed was true . . . until I received the following email from the CC.
"There will be a special committee meeting tomorrow, Wed., Feb. 23, at 6:30 for the appointment of the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. Senior Patrol Leader and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader are the only two scout positions in the troop that the committee votes on.
-Parents of candidates will be asked to leave the room.
-Candidates will each introduce themselves and give brief presentation of their ideas and why they think they are qualified
-Past Senior Patrol leaders and current assistant senior patrol leader will give input
-Scoutmaster and Assistants will give input
-Discussion and questions
-Vote by all committee members present (you are part of the committee if you have a son in the troop. One vote per family.)
Note: Please abstain from voting if you do not know any of the candidates."
WOW! What the heck happened here? I cannot believe the parents have hijacked the election process of who will be the SPL. I know that the SM Handbook and SPL Handbook both state that the SPL is elected by the boys of the troop.
I have already called our COR and he will talk with the CC. I hope he can undo this before a new ASPL is announced. I don't want a potential leader disappointed if the process is overturned later.