Re: PROS HELPING CUBS?
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Fri, 10 Apr 1992 00:56:51 CDT
Hello all --
I don't know about the "pros" in your Councils, but the guys in the New
Orleans Area Council earn -- one way or the other -- every dime they get
paid. Sure, some of them irritate the volunteers and parents involved,
but they are under a great deal of pressure and work long hours for a mini-
mal salary. The SE just told them he was taking away their cars, gas cards,
and auto insurance and giving them $.27/mile. Generous, eh? He also re-
negotiated their health insurance so it is even worse than mine -- and mine
is terrible! The salaries are low... even by BSA standards. And, to top
it all off, their is a high turnover due to dismissals for not meeting
goals, etc. Yeah, I really envy them....
Can you even imagine why some of them don't do their jobs as well as they
I personally like the DE for my district. He makes an effort to attend the
District Committee meeting and Roundtables. He works within the system to
provide the program to the boys by soliciting the money needed to cover the
cost of our segments of the program and to insure his continued employment.
He appreciates what the volunteers do to make the program go and to help him,
and he reciprocates. Sure, he makes mistakes, but don't we all? I just hope
they don't transfer or promote him too quickly!
And yes, many of the SEs are SOBs and are paid very well. We have a guy like
that, too. Of course, he did procure a $1,000,000 check to buy a new build-
ing for the Council and another check for half that amount to build a new
dining hall and admin building at our Camp. He is spearheading a capital
campaign to raise another $2,000,000 to build a Cub World, a training center,
new campsites, and numerous other improvements to the Camp. Oh, and he also
has the Council in the black for the first time in over 25 years. And he
usually ignores the volunteers and is rough on the staff. I guess Scouting,
like life, is full of compromises.
Sure, we have the same type of "problem professionals" that many people here
have complained about. The problem comes from viewpoint: we volunteers
expect them to approach Scouting like we do. This kind of pro gets along
great with everyone but cycles out quickly because his/her job is not to be
your friend -- the pros have to gather the wood that is used to keep the
fire of Scouting burning! They are there to ensure increases in membership
and money. They have one very important job in Scouting, and if they do it
well, they often miss out on the benefits that result from their and our
hard work. Feel sorry for them! They get a salary, but we get the fun.
Just a different point of view....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City