RE: BSA Policies
Fri, 23 Oct 1992 14:19:23 -0400
I hear 2 main categories of complaints about BSA policies from
volunteers AND professionals. 1) we don't know what the policies
ARE (which is our own fault since they are in print and we could
find them if we really want to), and 2) the people that make
and maintain the policies are out of touch with what's going on
at the grass roots (pack/troop) level. Our roundtable spends
FAR TOO MUCH TIME (imho) griping about our Council not paying
attention to our needs and desires..... professionals complain
about National for the same reasons... and somebody somewhere
probably complains about us.
Question: Has National ever polled its volunteer or professional
force regarding their opinion/awareness of its policies (this is
brought to mind by the responses to the current Religion thread).
I know this is not a democracy and I'm not proposing a _vote_ or
referendum on the policies, but something National could use to
see how well it is serving or being served by it's large network
of people. Since all registered scouters get Scouting magazine,
it should be a simple matter to include a survey at some interval,
once a year, every 5 years, whatever, to provide feedback to the
top. They don't have to publish the results, but it would be an
organized way for us at the bottom to let our feelings be known about
issues that affect the whole organization. If 90% of the volunteers
support a policy stand, good. But if 90% of the volunteers oppose
a policy stand, then maybe it's time to look at that one.
(I know everyone is tired of polls right now, but I'm a statistician
and it's a natural thought for me. Guess how my family decides which
tv program to watch...:).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City