Re: start a new group?
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 9 Sep 1991 12:21:00 EDT
As a District Commissioner, let me first say that your words are very true
EXCEPT for the part about "not having professional Scouters".
I pride myself on being a "professional volunteer Scouter". That is, one
that lives, breaths and works at fulltime (even in sleep) some aspect of
Scouting (or in my case, Exploring). However, other than the expenses I
receive when I come to Chicago or anyplace else, I am NOT paid for my time.
Earlier in the year, I expressed why we have professionals in the first place
and their relationship to us "commissioners" (if someone still has a copy
since EKU purged my mail while I was gone to "the mother of all deserts",
please reenter it or resend to the list...I feel that those comments would
be really approviate here!)
The professional service came from the volunteer...and BSA's attempt to pay
the "executive secretary" for his (or now, her) time and willingness. I don't
know about you, Kathie, but I would be really hard pressed to go to EVERY
meeting, EVERY finance gathering, EVERY New unit organizational meeting
in the way that *true professionals* do. (In some Councils, out of neccessity,
the volunteers handle a lot more than the professionals ever will do..because
of the sheer distance that one professional must travel.) The BSA has a hard
time finding *true professionals* because of the distance that they must travel
and the pressures on them to do the three R's: Recruit (leaders, units, and
persons to run activities), Recharter (units..more than last year!) and
Raise monies (both for United Ways and for Friends of Scouting/SME). Scouting
has long become a "numbers game" for the pros, and its only because we as
volunteers MADE it so....we want to know which District raised the most,
or which one had a gain in youth or units over the last year...when I say
"we", I mean the ones on the Regional and National level, not neccessarity
those at the local Council or even Area/State levels. Statistics are
gathered by Council and District over the smallest of details: how many
fully trained volunteers you have? How many Quality units? How many Eagles?
How many Arrow of Light receipents? How many advancements were done as
opposed to last year?
From that data, comes the "critical achievements" list for a professional
to attain. (this is a list of items developed with a field director or
Scout Executive, that addresses each of the ten areas of a District's operation.
Failure of meeting your critical acheivements is grounds for you dismissal
since they were developed jointly....) Whatever happened to "Organize and
Extend the programs, make the programs work and finance the District's
operations...and leave the rest to the Council??"
Well, that's it. The young lady beside me asked me if I was writing a book.
So I'll stop.
Council Exploring Commissioner/District Commissioner
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City