A reader sent in this question:
What if the troop committee board is planning everything and the Scoutmaster is out of the loop?
This is a difficult and frustrating situation for a Scoutmaster. In most troops, the Scoutmaster and youth leadership work together to plan and execute a program. The committee, under the direction of the committee chair, provides support, sets policies, and recruits adult leaders. If the committee is doing all of the planning, then how are the Scouts getting an opportunity to develop leadership skills?
A Scoutmaster in this position has a couple of options. If the relationship with the committee members is good, then maybe this just requires a discussion. Sometimes you get adults on the committee who have minimal training and don’t understand how the program is supposed to be run. If the Scoutmaster can talk to the committee members and explain that they are too involved in the planning process, perhaps the root cause of this problem can be discovered.
If the relationship between the Scoutmaster and the committee is not good enough for them to have a productive discussion, then the unit commissioner might be able to help provide direction for the situation. If there is not an active unit commissioner, then ask around your district for some assistance. There should be somebody on the district committee who can help sort the situation out.
If all else fails, the Scoutmaster has the option to resign. The Scoutmaster is not the “employee” of the committee. While the committee is responsible for recruiting adult leaders, they will have a difficult time retaining them if they do not give them the authority to carry out their duties.
Readers, what advice do you have for the Scoutmaster in this situation? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.
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