Looking for some insight with regards to troop elections.
I've never had the opportunity to witness the process and only know what I was told about last year. Last year, if someone wanted to run for a position, they stood up and explained why they felt they were best for it and that process was repeated for anyone interested in any position. The troop voted by ballot. end of story. The troop was smaller last year.
This year, I'm told that SPL will be voted on but SPL basically selects APL. The patrols can vote for a PLC only within the patrol. My concern here is that a boy only has one opportunity within his patrol to be voted PLC instead of several opportunities to be voted a PLC depending on how many patrols there are. For instance, we have three small patrols. So instead of three positions that a boy may be voted for, it is only one. A Patrol can keep the same PLC they already have. A patrol is approx five to seven boys.
SPL decides and appoints who will be quartermaster, scribe, etc... Same with OA. Why is this not voted on or if it is voted on, seems to be just a formality?
Most positions must be at least 2nd year, SPL must be at least 3rd year.
Scouts may be nominated for a position even if they don't want it.
Scoutmaster is involved throughout the process.
I may be missing or misunderstanding something but this has got to be one of the biggest complaints I have about BSA so far. Why are people appointed versus being voted for? This is not what I expected and does not seem to be much of an election process. Please fill me in because this surprises me and I do not like it.