Re: Rumor Control
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 9 Apr 1992 10:53:45 CDT
As I SAID - Baden-Powell worked with commissioners (volunteers) NOT
professionals in the beginning. But think about it -- where would
professional Scouting experts come from, there was no Scouting.
And, England's leadership was required (still does I understand) to serve a
5 YEAR apprenticeship PRIOR to taking any leadership position in Scouting.
Boy - our program would be in REAL trouble if we required our people to
serve and work for 5 years PRIOR to making them a leader of any type!
With that kind of study (which reminds me of our PHD students here at
Northwestern) and time committment, I would guess they would need little in
the way of paid help, except perhaps for the administrative part.
But then -- our BSA program is written that the volunteers run the program,
get trained, do the job -- the D.E. steps in where the volunteer falls
down, i.e. district commissioner does not function, the staff does not
function, D.E. now has to do all the hundreds of jobs of all the
commissioners, the district chairman is in "name only" for his/her own
purposes, but does not function, the D.E. now has to step in and be the
district chairman too. -- -- You are right, some execs are definitely out
there in a push-pull fight for control of their district -- all volunteers
in their district are recruited for their expertise, but once they put on
the uniform, seem to go dumb in the eyes of their D.E. and must be told how
to think, stand, sit, speak, do or not do! -- that always amazes me when
I see it and I see it all too often. --
But there are whole councils that I know that do function as a volunteer
program with paid scouters as advisors, and counselors. They are very
successfful councils in that they serve boys well. (Don't care about money
much, as that is a very tiny part of the whole we teach).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City