"The Front Line"
Joey J. Stanford FF-EMT-EMD (STJS@MARIST.BITNET)
Thu, 13 Dec 1990 10:11:56 EST
Mike Walton and everyone else:(musings from EMT)
When my dealings with BSA where on the council level I didn't think it
was possible to have a *shudder* "Bad DE" (or EE for that matter).
I went to NE Regional Staff. Here (as I look back) amazingly I found
few "bad" ppl....my biggest gripe was that some seemed...over-restrictive.
I hit Jamboree 1989....and boy...I was disgusted.
Racism, Cat-Calling, Physical abuse, BEN LOVE (that's a story I'll tell
you if you want to here. Ann (his wife) is great....what happened to Ben..
I'll never know.), ...chaos running rampid. It reall shook me up.
It's not as evident on the first or even 3rd glance. I had the
opportunity to work in the NE Regional Hq. Subcamps had little to no
med supplies (I spend 3 days on the phone, on the back of trucks, and
in a helicopter getting these supplies)
I went thru subcamp to subcamp....and in that time I was appalled. I thought
(well, more or less hoped) it was just our region...until I went visiting
others. Compared to some...we were fabulous!
I ended up as National Staff. National's are great...but are too far
removed from "the front line"
Communication is good (relatively) between National and the Regions.
Soon as you hit.."the front line" ...that is, councils, posts, ships,
troops, packs, and dens.... it's all so very different.
The biggest "difference" is with the council.....information
that should be passed on....is stopped at the council.
This is very disheartening.
This is a KNOWN problem at National.
The past...I believe 5... National Exploring Cabinets(presidents and
regional reps) have tried to improve this.
The Exploring Division has tried to improve this.
*I*'ve tried to improve it.
Success has been rather minimal..but then again, it takes time, and patience.
Where does this all lead?
With a break down in communications, comes a breakdown in policy and
some philosphy infringments.
Communication isn't the only problem that attributes to this.
It's the one I'm most familiar with. That and the "Old Timer's" syndrome.
It was more than once conveyed to me that the perfect solution is to
"fire the old fogeys" and let the new breed of enthusiastic young men
and women run the show.
I find some fault in this too.
If I could appologize for BSA I would. I believe in BSA...even
though I've just spent 72 lines cutting it up.
I have a simple motto:
"If you don't like something, fight to make it better!"
We're a team effort. We can do anything..including pruning the bad apples.
Bear with BSA, it's worth the effort..and it's not all that bad.
(contradiction to what I've just said...I know. We just need to put more
time into what we have.....to make it better...not more diverse)
ps. these are my own thoughts
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