Monica Pilman's dilemma
Mon, 8 Apr 1991 08:38:56 CST
First, let me indicate that I grew up in Metairie, LA and was a member
of Pack and Troop 230 at St. Catherine's Church/School---wow, what a coin-
cidence. I also attended your next door neighbor, Loyola (small world, I
mean, network). Your problem was intractable and I feel for your situation.
Did you cansider contacting the authorities--abuse and/or neglect seems very
likely under the circumstances you describe. I know people hate to be "in-
volved" but my guess is that social services would keep your identity
confidential, and Louisiana does have (I am sure of this after my own
professional career there) a good-faith-reporting protection law.
On an entirely different subject--mu apologies to anyone offended by my
remark about being embarassed at being a former professional. It was
not intended to insult the good professionals in the movement, and
naturally I have many friends still in the employ of the BSA. It is,
however, no secret that the professional side of the movement is fraught
with difficulties, and many (not, I repeat, not all or even most---just
many) of those who stay in for life become tired or useless burnouts!
The profession is full of dedicated men and women who are willing
to tolerate long and unusual hours, terribly low wages and the uphill
battle of keeping the movement viable. My principle critique of the
profession is the existence, and even institutionalization, of an old
boy network that impedes the advancement of the best and refuses, out
of some misguided sense of loyalty, to fire the worst. When I joined the
profession, I was told, essentially, that were I or any professional
to complete NEI-3 (indicating about 3 yrs service), I would basically
have to commit a felony to be let go by the movement (I might be fired by
an individual council---but the movment would find a place for me).
I know of too many "promotions" of this nature to care to mention.
To improve the quality of the professional corps, the wages need to
be drastically improved (to compete for quality individuals), the
selection process should be more rigorous (the find any warm body approach
is inherently doomed), and upward mobility should be more readily avail-
able to the achievers. I might also add that many of those still in
the movement would agree with me.
i would be very interested in other's views on this matter, especially
current and former pro's.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City