Recently, our Ship has undergone some leadership changes. The new Skipper has been a Mate but was appointed by the CO without consulting with the Committee. The reason is, the appointee has a lot of sailing experience, however, virtually no BSA let alone Sea Scout leadership experience from their actions. Unfortunately, this argument was down-trodden quickly by the CO who wants me to write down a list of issues and get back to them instead of listening. Further, the new Skipper has not shown qualities I would deem constructive based on 10+ years (short-time) of being through the BSA let alone my own childhood experiences as a Scout.
One of the more oppressive behaviors, IMO, is his explicit use of “press gang” mentality which he has expressed several times to others. He has done this to choose volunteers, and, assign Scouts to tasks, yet, does not bring the plans/intent to Committee to make sure policy is being followed and the methods meet Sea Scout standards. Its more off-the-cuff actions. E.g., this past weekend at Powderhorn, when he stated this was his method to get people involved, I had to tell him there’s no place in the BSA for such actions. You always approach people and ask, especially as volunteers.
There are other items which I’ve found to not be Ship-quality behavior, however, I’ve gotten shut-down when voicing my concerns by the CO and area Commodore. The CO stated they did not want to pass almost all actions and decisions through Committee since they believed it would take far too long to have anything done. As far as I knew, the Committee was designed to safeguard the unit and make sure actions did not dishonor the unit.
So, I wanted to check with the forum here.
Am I being too sensitive with the way things are going and the actions being performed?
Is “press gang” mentality, unofficially no longer used after the 19th century, allowed in the BSA?
Does the CO and Skipper have authority to override the Committee and Chair with decisions, including non-communications affecting the Ship?
I’m confused and not seen this type of behavior in any other BSA units I’ve been in. Its usually a very open line of communication, but, I wanted to get a check and see if I’m just being over-sensitive.