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Life of an SPL

You must be excited after hearing those great stories. Well, guess what, I got more.

Who am I? I am Ibraheem Qidwai and I am the SPL (Senior Patrol Leader) in the troop 400 based in Doha, Qatar. I’m here telling you all the stories and how it’s like being the SPL. When you are an SPL you have lots of responsibilities and duties on your hand, the biggest of which is managing the scouts. Some scouts will listen and some scouts have a different mindset, but I have to try and make them do the right thing and try to do whatever is best for them. When I am SPL I am not a boss rather a leader, you might be wondering what is the difference between a boss and a leader? A boss is the head of a group but he is mainly a dictator and commands the rest of the members on what to do. As for the leader, the leader shows the team how to do it and does it with them, (picture below for reference). Being an SPL is one of the greatest responsibilities which is given by the Parents, scout leaders, and scouts themselves, to a scout. The SPL is the role model of the troop. Whatever the SPL does the scouts follow, the SPL leads by example. His right or wrong actions will trickle down to other scouts. An SPL represents the whole troop which I think is a heavy trust. As an SPL I have to keep track of everyone’s rank advancements. If a scout is lacking and is not completing his ranks on time it’s my responsibility to help him and motivate him in completing his rank. That’s all I have to say for today. If you want to know more about scouting leadership please click on the link below to get more information.

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