Getting the JOB done
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Tue, 22 Sep 1992 11:56:29 EDT
In reading several of the postings, it seems like there are a number
of people that like to "Quote the regulations". There are lots of
people in the military like that as well. However, as OTHERS on the
list have pointed out, there are other methods that GET THE JOB done,
and often get it done better. The JOB, being the PROGRAM for the YOUTH.
I have viewed the CUB Scout PROGRAM helps, and other PROGRAM GUIDES,
as just that, a help or resource to be used IF you need help. The same has
often been applied to many of the manuals, books, and training materials.
They provide HELP and a reference point to get you started if you need
the help. If your CUB pack or Scout troop runs a program that does
not use EVERY idea in Scouting Magazine, that does not make your program
automaticly BAD or WRONG. If you are new in a position and have experienced
people running a GOOD program, learn from them as well. To me experience
is the best teacher, you learn what works and what dosn't in your own area.
BSA has some sort of program "test" facility/process that don't always
fit every group profile. SO, if the program at your unit may not match
the National models, but it works for the kids in the program, I say OK.
We often make "seasonal" changes in the programs to fit the weather in our
area, but still use the outlines, and good ideas. Some of the OUT Door
activities don't work well in Buffalo NY in January or Feb! Some IDEAS
were just scrapped for various reasons. I guess my POINT, if there is
one, is that there is more than one GOOD way to run a railroad, a CUB pack
or a Scout Troop. Program helps and training give you the tools and a
good starting point. But don't be afraid to try something NEW. However,
I will be quick to agree that the regulations concerning SAFETY must be
followed. That is one exception to my POINT. Those REGS are made to
protect everyone, NOT to prevent you from running a program. You just
have to learn to PLAN ahead, and to include SAFETY as an important part
of every program, wether you are going on a white water trek, or a winter
klondike, or just a "simple" family picnic.
Don Izard, still scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City