Re: Getting the JOB done
(no name) ((no email))
Wed, 23 Sep 1992 00:03:13 CDT
Good Mroning everybody!!
In a scant five and a half hours, I'm going to be going to do something REALLY
STUPID: I am going to go seven miles on campus (that is Western Kentucky
University by the way), do a bunch of silly exercises, run around the block
about twice yelling at the top of my lungs about some yellow bird or jumping
out of an airplane (noe of which I do or have any interest about) just in
order to keep myself physically strong.
Somewhere in the vast annals of teh military, there is a regulation somewhere
which says, "every office must be physically fit at all times", I haven't
found that regulation, but I KNOW that if I'm not physically fit nor
participate to show my soldiers that I'm physically fit, it can be costly for
me and my unit. Even last year at about this same time, I was still b*tchin
about "doing PT at that God-awful 5:30 am (ET) hour",however, I did it
because I knew that it was best for me and the people whom I work with.
There are a miriad of regulations that the BSA says that units, districts,
councils, areas, regiions, and yes, even the National Office WILL adhere to.
Some of them are there for our personal protection and the protection of
the youth. Some of them are there to create a program that is seamless and
in unison with Scouting programs done in any other nation in the free world.
And some of them are just plain common sense.
The National Editorial Service (which creates those wonderful booklets and
magazines, guide books, program helps, and all that other trash that ends of
up at Scout auctions [or in my office hehehe]) produces this information and
it's just that: guides, helps, information and ideas. What has made the BSA
so great was the ability of a young boy (or an old adult) to look at a book
or illustration or to read someone else's experiences and say "Chit far,
boa, we can do that!!" And procede to not just tell the people how to do it,
but to do it!
Don's and Troye's comments about adaptation about program elements to meet the
situation has been a long-time BSA policy. Believe me, the BSA does not want
27,000 Boy Scout units to have the same programs on the same Monday or Tues-
day night everywhere in the nation! Remember gang, we're talking about the
BSA here...with units in Paris, Kentucky and Paris, France; with units in
Cairo, Egypt and Egypt, Illinois; with units in Briscane, Australia and
Key Biscane, Florida; and in Anchorage, Alaska and Anchorage, Kentucky. It's
not the people at the top that make the program work--it's those boys (and
girls) and their adult counterparts out in the field that takes a cimple
idea, organizes, completes, evaluates, it and in everything HAVE FUN DOING IT!
There's a lot of things in the military that I do not like to do--there are
some things that I HATE out and out...likewise, there are some things in
Scouting that I do not like and there are some thing that I downright hate,
however, if someone had a great idea for doing something and I can help, you
had best believe that I'd be ready to go and lend a hand anytime.
So don't get so wrapped up with all the regulations adn all of the policy
(even the ones that "haven't been printed yet") because any good Scout Exec
will tell you that "the policies are broadly written statements in which
the BSA says we cannot do or must do with some modification; they are not
things which come close which we can do"
Let me clarify that a little bit. Okay. A Scout Exec told me one time that
"the BSA policies are just that--policies. They cannot be changed but we
can modify them if we ask and in most cases if we ask, they'll let us. It
all comes down to why you're asking for the modification. If you're asking
to stop something (negative) from happening, they'll say yeah, and we agree
and we'll support you. If you're asking to start something new or to modify
something that you said we can't do (you being BSA), they'll say try it but
if it doesn't work, we told you so and if it does work, you'll be in Scouting
Yeah that's all for now...(*applause*) I'll read your responses and
editorial comments and please don't call the grammar police on me, Jess has
already called them...(*they're coming to take me away--oh no!!*) *laugh*
P.S. Thanks for the comments from everyone about the ad in the paper. I
still haven't been able to get ahold of this guy, but I'm gonna
put my own ad in the papers since there is no "policy" that says
I cannot, but I'm goin to be honest and say I'm a collector. Here's
Boy Scouting memorabilia (patches, books, manuals,
posters, uniforms, pins, and etc.)--Old or present.
What we don't use in our exhibits, we give to BSA
units that can use them. Please send your donated
materials along with descriptions of what they are
to: (address follows).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City