Re: Don Izard's Bad management
Sat, 27 Apr 1991 20:06:00 EST
This is to respond to Don Izard's letter pertaining to one of council's camps.
It is his type of inane, non-factual, begrudging ignorance that inaccurately
portrays Scouting and invariably causes damage to the program that we so
love. While his arguements, I'm sure were made innocently, I would to take a
few moments to set the record straight so that no one else gets the wrong idea
about the subject at hand.
Firstly, while our camp is beautiful, he incorrectly refers to it as NATURAL.
The two lakes and island were man-made. The island was constructed simply
because of the cost of removing all of the uncovered boulders unearthed during
the construction of the lakes. The island, which was located only a few feet
from shore, was connected to land forming a pennisula many years ago.
The log cabin lodges he refers to, while very beautiful and functional when
built, were not endowed, nor was there any dedicated funding for their
maintainence and upkeep. It was indeed unfortunate that they fell into dis-
repair, however, for safety's sake, they needed to be taken down. It is also
proper to note that this was done with the full knowledge and approval of the
family which originally bequested their construction.
One of the beauties of our camp is its rugged terrain. While the location of
our dining facility is not geographically central, it is in a prime location
and only 3/10 ths of a mile from the furthest camp site. While our council
does have plans to construct a more permanent dining facility more centrally
located, they are not at this time aggressively persuing the capital needed;
or as Don puts it, we are not "begging for money." As a matter of fact, the
vast majority of unit leaders actually prefer the dining tent over an indoor
facility. The outdoor location, open air coolness, and reduced noise are all
positive features of the dining tent.
While we all agree that our own council does not always seem to do the proper
thing at the proper time, we must discourage your brand of pathetic disinfor-
mation. It is the responsibility of all registered adults to take an active,
positive role in the policy decisions and continued growth of THEIR COUNCIL.
Reacting, however, to misinformation and hersay, rather than facts, serves
nothing more than to stall forward progress and foster ill feelings.
David Slish Registered Scouter
Roger Guarino Asst. Scoutmaster,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City