Re: start a new group?
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 9 Sep 1991 09:24:39 CDT
Or --- learn to use our Leadership skills - including using them
when working with professional scouters who are paid. I have always
believed (in the 19 years of my Boy Scouting tenure) that the volunteers
can and do have the intelligence, skills, and talents to do this
program WITHOUT the guidance of a paid scouter (volunteers who truly
dedicate their time, skills, talents, and beliefs to helping these
kids are TRULY the "professionals", being paid does not bring that
status to any individual).
To quote Lord Baden-Powell: "You knew the rules when you joined our
movement. If you don't like them and can not change them WITHIN
THE SYSTEM, leave. We do not need you."
I do NOT suggest that we all leave - I DO suggest that some actual
action be taken to use those time honored and proven skills we all
learn, not only in the scouting program, not only in our families,
but in our working relationships with the paid scouters of our
movement. Our objectives SHOULD be the same: theirs and ours --
the teaching and caring for the boys of our movement so that they
(each one) can be the BEST THEY ARE! If this is not true, after
careful and detailed attempts at using our skills to their best, then
perhaps that "paid scouter" or the "volunteer" ought to consider that
our movement is not for them. It IS possible you know - - our
movement should be offered to ALL boys - but we all know that ALL
boys are not meant to be in our movement. Therefore, it follows
that all adults should be offered the opportunity to make a
"different to a boy," BUT whether "paid" or "unpaid" not all adults
belong in our movement.
Use your best tool - train your volunteers in the skills we profess
to believe in - guide and counsel your professional scouters (they
do not need to know it) to understand that we DO mean what we say
in our oaths and promises.
Chicago Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City