Re: Padding the Books (Computers and BSA)
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 15 Sep 1992 19:06:02 CDT
This brings up a friendly reminder.....
Whenever you move from one position (for example from Explorer Advisor)
to another position (for example, Assistant Council Commissioner), you
need to fill out another one of those bothersome BSA applications with
the NEW position indicated (unless you are doing both, something that
the BSA is trying hard not to let you do...but local Councils do, like,
can we say "turn the head around"
). This is NOT a NEW process...this is so the Charter which comes out
on each unit and District and Council has the right people in the right
places (and so the numbers won't get all screwed up!)
Most DEs or Field Directors will take care of this for you when you move
from a unit to a district or Council position. All it takes is a new code
for the new position that you are holding.
Many unit leaders and Committee chairs wait until the new charter is printed
to effect these minor (minor?? You're NOT the Advisor?? Who is?? Who??
We don't even know who SHE is!!) changes. It is NOT recommended that you
wait til then...for most problems with units occur because somehow the line
of communication between adult leadership and the local Council/District
has broken down.
Yeah, I know...how many of us really fill out those applications when doing
a "dual" position??? (*hand raised high in library, and NOT to get the
consultant on duty!!*) The application is more than a youth protection thing.
It is the way the BSA head-counts each one of us in a position with a unit
and local Council. They use that as bases for asking for money and receiving
assistance. It is used to allocate the number of Silver Beaver awards and
other quota-based (YUCK!) awards. It is also used to allocate the number of
youth and adults from that Council to go to national events like the
....and on and on and on. NOW do you see why computerizing this process
might make the changes go faster, but would open up issues of privacy
and "electronically building" a local Council or individual units??
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City