Re: Rumor Control
Thu, 9 Apr 1992 11:28:00 EDT
I agree that you can make a 3 hr. trip to a summer camp fun but,
A National Jamboree and a Council summer camp are two totaly diffrent things.
I have the unique opertunity to live in one council and go to school in
another. So my "generalities" are based on two totaly diffrent councils.
The first does not place it's priorites on "Money". This council has trouble
paying the light bill, literly. Although, I prefer this same poor council
much more than the council I grew up in and earned Eagle scout in. This poor
council is olny poor in money. It has the olny DE that I have ever seen take a
troop camping because they did not have enough leaders. These pepole are
guniune and realy care about the boys. On the other hand, The council I
am originaly from, places, like I said before, MONEY first. A current
professional (he is the man in charge of Budget) Has lasted 7+ years alinating
scouts and scouters. The almighty dollar comes first with this council
they bulit a new camp around the road so that all of the people that donated
money could come out in their cars and see it. They have taken saftey short
cuts at the camp, the list goes on and on. Of course this council is looked
opon as a "model" council and the "poor" one......as somthing not to become.
Plese do not get me wrong I love scouting It is the best program for a boy
to get in. But that is just it BOY. Not Proffesional. I just feel that
scouting has been built up to need lots of money. When in fact the best times
I had as a scout were when my scoutmaster and my troop would go to someone's
farm and go hiking or sit around the campfire and talk about school, grades,
sports, or girls. I ask, what did the council do for me then? YES, they
do provide summercamp (also one of the all time bests in scouting) They also
provide opertunities for Camp-o-rees and Leader training But as someone
You must pay to go to thoes and I have had the opertunity to here a SE
tell a DE that he does not like it when an event does "not make some money"
My entire point is that I feel (and See) that scoutings focus is starting to
change from scouts to money. Everyone loves to quote and use as an example
Baden Powell. I ask this: Did Good ol' Baden have Professionals, or SME's?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City