Re: Firestone (Camp Downsizing)
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 8 Jun 1992 12:23:38 CDT
No I am definitely NOT surprised. NO I am also NOT surprised that your
council is not concentrating on PROGRAM. Most councils do not UNLESS the
volunteers of the council actually ARE the executive board, and actually DO
have a say in their specific council/district level postions.
However-- over my past 20 years of BSA experience, I have found either a
council is strong and concentrating on program OR -- OR-- it is strong and
concentrating on finance. It does not seem to happen that we can get
executives who care and are good in both areas.
However, ultimately, it is YOUR executive board of your council that makes
the decisions to close or not the council's outdoor activities.
One year ago the key 3 in Chicago Area Council (all 12 districts) were
called together for just the same reason -- they were planning on closing
Owaisspe Camp (THE oldest scout camp in the county.). Our SM's etc got the
word through the commissioner staffs and dist. chairmen, and al ******broke
Summary - The camp director of many years was fired -- a new highly
qualified camp director was hired -- the result??? We are just about to
begin our 1st camping season under "new management" -- so far, in my
district, everyone went wild with excitement when the old guy was fired.
They TRULY believe he was single handedly reponsible for the failure of our
camp, etc. (By way of my research, this is probably true.)
It looks like our camp is really full this year -- the staff seems to have
had a great deal of development -- and all looks great. Lots of money has
been saved, as the VOLUNTEERS told VOLUNTEERS that we have among our
registered adults MANY people who can do and/or donate work needed up there
-- it does seem to be working.
SO--- no, I am not surprised that your camp is in danger, most camps are.
Ours is too if the volunteers do not watch very closely, attend the council
meetings that fall within their responsibilities -- then and only then will
your voice be heard and FELT. As SM, your direct voice in the district is:
1. Your Camping Chairman
2. Your Program Chairman
3. Your district chairman
DEMAND that the next district committee hear reports from your
district/council camping chairmen regarding this subject (that is what we
did and they had to come);
DEMAND that the word reach all interested REGISTERED leaders to attend that
meeting, with full knowledge you,(SMs, etc.) do not have a vote, but do
have a voice through your district program chairman and district camping
DEMAND the information you ARE intitled to have. Remember, this is only a
volunteer organization IF the volunteers do the job (always within the
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City