Last night I was filling in for the scoutmaster at my son’s troop. Because time is flying, we held the patrol leaders council (PLC) anyway, so I got to see how it works. And, as usual, probably created a little bit of an (apparent) innovation. I say apparent only because what I did was to follow the scoutmaster’s handbook.
In the beginning I passed on a few things that needed to be done, and then wandered off. When I returned one of the older scouts had joined the group, and there was a question of why he could be there as he wasn’t a patrol leader. So I pointed out that this was the senior patrol leaders party and if he wanted someone to be there they could be. I added that I was a guest as well, and if asked, would leave.
So they asked me to go!
Great! While I watched from a fair distance away, talking with other adults, they got down to business. When they were done, they called me over and we reviewed what had been decided. Exactly the way it should happen.