Session 5. When You Need Unit Leadership

Time: 15 minutes
Objectives: Participants will be familiar with the steps of selecting and recruiting leaders.
Material needed: Selecting Cub Scout Leadership, No. 13-500; Selecting Quality Leaders, No. 18-981

Leadership Is Key to Success

The quality of any program, whether it’s a Scouting program or any other program, is directly related to the leadership. The stronger the leader, the stronger the program. We have referred several times to the responsibility of the unit committee and chartered organization in leadership selection. The chartered organization may seek advice from the BSA local council about the process.

How does a committee or an organization actually go about selecting and recruiting the best person for the job?

Step 1—Gather a Selection Committee

The head of the organization or COR appoints a selection committee. In the case of an existing unit, the unit committee is the logical starting place. However, parents and others may be invited to participate in the process.

Step 2—List the Qualifications

After a committee is brought together, they then make a list of qualifications the candidate should possess. These traits should be listed on a flip chart for all to see.

Step 3—List the Candidates

With the qualifications agreed upon, the committee then brainstorms a list of all possible candidates. All candidates mentioned are placed on the list and no committee member may disqualify candidates at this time. With the candidate list developed, the committee then numerically prioritizes the list.

Step 4—Organization Approval

Since the leadership is the responsibility of the chartering organization, the institution head should provide his approval of the committee’s selection.

Step 5—Call on the Prospect

Now the committee selects a visitation team (usually three people) to visit the number one prospect on the list.

The committee should consist of someone knowledgeable about the Scouting program, someone representing the organization, and someone who has influence with the prospect.

Step 6—Approach the Prospect

The interview should occur at the prospect’s home. After a presentation is made to the prospect, the influential person should ask the prospect to serve. If the prospect is unable to serve, an alternate position should be offered.

If the number one prospect has declined, the number two prospect becomes the top prospect and the process begins again with the institution head.

Prospect Says Yes; Now What?

Once the prospect has said yes, three things need to occur. First, an application is completed. Second, immediate training should occur. This may be Fast Start or some sort of personal coaching. This needs to occur within 48 hours of his commitment to do the job. Third, an announcement should be made to the organization, other leaders of the unit, and parents as to the prospect’s acceptance of the position.

Address questions about this process and distribute Selecting Cub Scout Leaders, No. 13-500; and Selecting Quality Leaders, No. 18-981.