DE's streeing money/program (in reply to Monica Pilman)
Wed, 19 Sep 1990 10:24:00 MST
My brother was a DE in one of these Poorer council's which did not have the
corporate base to draw from, nor the wealth of the people to draw from. My
brother went into professional Scouting because he beleived in the program
and that is what he tried so hard to provide. The problem is, it costs
money to maintain camps, provide services and in general run the program.
Seven dollars in dues a year, just does not do it (remember, part of that
goes to national to provide them with funds to operate).
A part of the DE's job is to make sure that funds are provided to allow the
operation of the program. This includes the camps, the training (mostly
done by volunteers, but materials are provided), a service center where
materials, awards and offieces for the DE's are located. And yes, there is
the DE, he has to be paid as well. If you have a good one, like the one
where there was money, he will spend time with you to help you with your
unit's program and other activities. There are also other council
employees which have to be paided, such as Camp Rangers. Here in Tucson,
we do not pay to use the camps, in many other councils, the fees are not
high enough to cover the true cost of maintaining the camps.
The point I am trying to make is that my brother ended up leaving
profession Scouting. At about 26-27 years of age, because the job gave him
high blood presure. This was brought on from the presure to raise funds in
this poorer council. He was mostly interested in brining the program to the
units, but because the council had to squeeze every possible source for every
possible penny to survive he found himself under a lot of presure.
He is much better now, his blood presure is back down, even though he went
back to school for a Master's degree in Accounting, got his CPA and is
running his own TAX ACCOUNTING BUSINESS. (This information is to give you
some idea of the level of presure on the DE's.)
His experience detered me from considering doing some years as a
professional scouter. I am sure that I am much happier as a volunteer and
when it comes time for the family finance campaign, I will not ask others for
their contributions, but I usually give more than I really can afford.
After all, I have a lot of fun in this organization even if my two sons Eagle
and Life did not participate.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City