Re: It's a religious thing.
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 11 Dec 1991 10:05:00 EST
In talking with Adrian last night, I was wondering if many on the list
had some concept of the "five functions of Councils" and how the relationships
person/people fit in there.
I will leave the "five functions" for another posting, later on (after the
"mandatory" coffeebreak (heheh) ).
Each Council has a Membership VP..this person is in charge of all activities
that involve the membership of that particular Council. For example, in the
"Cardinal Council" (my "made-up" Council that I use as illustrations for
various Council and District training courses), we have a School night sub-
committee, a community relationship subcommittee, a scouting history sub
committee, a Catholic Sub-committee and a Jewish sub-committee (the Protestants
in this council haven't gotten together yet!), and a business/professional
relationship sub-committee (which is shared by the Council's Exploring
The purpose of the relationships committee/sub committee is twofold: ONE,
to publize the religious awards programs and to create projects/events/
activities which demostrate the role that religion plays in our lives (
Scout Sabbath/Sunday activities is a major event in most Councils, but otheres
have special religious awards dinners or events) and TWO, to approve
various religious awards if such approval is neccessary (for example, the
St. George Catholic award and the Baptist Good Shepard both require statements
from a Council "relationships committee" attesting to the background of the
Scouter. This committee would send the letter).
Normally, the Scout Executive or a senior Executive (Director of Support
Services, Director of Administration, Assistant Scout Executive, or like
person in larger Councils) serves as the Staff Advisor to this committee.
I stand corrected on my statement about the Scout Executive signing certificates
for various religious awards. The Shofar Award (Jewish service award) and the
In the Name of God (Islamic youth award) both have places where the Scout
Executive (it really says, according to Nate Marshall, holder of both, "for
the Council") or somebody on that committee signs the certificate. Adrian
was telling me last night that the Scout Executive signs the St. George award
certificate, which goes against what the people @national said the day before
(awwwwwww what do they know?? They don't give out the award!!).
So I am sorry that I stated incorrectly that the "Scout Executive don't have
a part in this", but I think that you get the essence of what I was saying.
All I know is that the two adult and one youth award I have have no place
for the Scout Exec to sign (and in the case of the God and Country, there
was no certificate...they just pinned the medal on me and that was that)!!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City