Monday, February 13, 2012

You don't need an Assistant PL

More to the point, no boy should be saddled with a position that doesn't count toward his advancement tenure:
From Star/Life requirements #5 / Eagle #4:
While a First Class/Star/Life Scout, serve actively for four/six/six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop):

Boy Scout troop. Patrol leader, Venture patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, bugler, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, instructor, troop webmaster, or Leave No Trace trainer.
Assistant Patrol Leader is not on the list of positions of responsibility. For my part, that's one position that will go unfilled from here on out.

EDIT: I think I'll clarify a hastily-scribbled, "big head/little arms" thought. From the perspective of the 11YO patrol, where for the most part kids won't need to worry about tenure, this wont' be an issue. But I will revise my position by saying that after he's attained 1C, it's a disservice to only have served in a position that doesn't count toward tenure. An accurate understanding of the requirement is necessary for everyone, SM, SPL, PL and Scout. I'm not about limiting opportunity, but providing adequate opportunity to succeed. I can see a scenario where a boy would have the expectation that because he's been the APL for four months after receiving First Class, he's met the Star req for tenure, and thus feel like he was set up when someone says, "hold on a minute."

This came up at Roundtable last week, and took a lot of us by surprise.


Allen said...

Doesn't that limit the positions the Scouts in the 11YO patrol can hold, though? I don't believe any of the patrol-level positions, with the exception of the Patrol Leader, count for advancement. But they do help the patrol run *as a patrol*. In any case, I don't think there are any prohibitions on holding simultaneous positions (the Guide to Advancement just says that holding multiple positions doesn't shorten the required tenure), so having the PL appoint an APL means there is someone ready to step up if the PL can't make it.

Eric the Half-bee said...

Maybe, but in a "Traditional LDS" 11YO patrol, there are more available positions of responsibility than there are boys (in my experience). With only two boys in my patrol, and only one at First Class anyway, this doesn't present a problem at this time. Even with seven boys last summer, there were enough positions to go around.

I'll revise my statement and say that after he's attained 1C, it's a disservice to only give him a position that doesn't count toward tenure. And his Scoutmaster really ought to review the requirement well with him, so there aren't any surprises after he's served time.

And of course, the Scoutmaster should teach the SPL/PL so they can make the appropriate appointments.