RE: Cub ScoutLeader Recognition Change
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Wed, 28 Oct 1992 17:44:53 CST
We are talking about recognition of a person that works with your Pack in
a specific area....and we are asking that person to stay there for two years.
Don't sound like a bad idea...we want all leaders to be recognized, so this
was long in coming.
It does present a problem, though, when you have a new Tiger Group organized
at the start of the year and all of the parents agree to take up positions
in the Pack at the end of the summer. Are there any answers about that out
About the "one person per position" rule: This has been a LONG STANDING BSA
policy, but now has to be enforceable because BSA wants to pin down WHO's in
charge of WHAT now. When you are trying to count heads and the same people
show up several times, it becomes really hard to count accurately. In the
past, we had "multiples" because that allowed local Councils to fill up the
committees at the unit level. We are now asking parents to take a more
active role in the Scouting program, so therefore, we are TELLING Scouters
in our Cub Scout program (which will eventually get to everyone!) that you
can only hold ONE position at a time. Hopefully, this will allow for more
Now, let's get real. This is going to delete a lot of rural and innercity
units (and several suburban units as well) because now all parents have the
"extra time" to serve as a leader (except on paper). This is also going to
have a negative impact upon the organization of new units since in order to
do so, you now must have 14-17 people to serve as leaders for this new
unit (CM, ACM, two DLs, two ADLs, one WDL, one AWDL, one Tiger Cub Coach,
one Den Leader Coach, a COR, and two members of a three person committee with
chair--at least. I would NOT want to be the professional coming to a school
and telling parents that in order to organize, everyone present HAS to
register as a leaders or members. Such "strong-arm" tactics work pretty
good in the suburbs, where at least the number of single parental families are
slim, and that there's a good community spirit for such organization.
I am here to tell you that such a play in a urban or a rural enviroment will
last about twenty to twenty-five minutes, during which time, the majority will
calmly tell their children "I'm sorry..but you know that I cannot do this.
Its not that I don't want to try...but, its because I cannot afford the time
away to do this right" as they head for the exits.
And folks, I am a *very convincing* speaker for our programs and the benefits
I think that this policy will be modified by MANY local Councils, already
fearful of merger and lost revenue, to allow leaders to serve in multiple
positions at the same time only allowing them to earn a training award in
one position at a time. However, again, I feel that this too, is not fair
to the person that is willing to serve in two positions and have done both
excellently over the two year tenure period required for most awards.
Kathie, this may well be one of the many National regs that "somehow" gets
"backturned" as local Councils look at the policy and then look at their
toteboards and membership/unit figures.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City