Re: Cub Scout Leader Recognition
U-E68867-Ronald Hart (hart_ronald@AE.GE.COM)
Fri, 30 Oct 1992 10:06:44 EST
I wonder if we don't have some apples and oranges in the same basket
with this thread on unit leadership. The "new" parts of Kathie's
posting on the "adult leadership update" and "recognition change"
seemed to have gotten lost and most of the discussion has centered
on items that did not change. The different issues appear to be:
1. registration/charter requirements
2. adult leader recognition
3. unit operation/administration
With regard to registration/charter requirements, the posting is not
new: "A unit leader may not serve simultaneously in any other position
within the same unit." There is a seperation between registering on
the committee and in program - and people haven't been able to. The
only thing new now is that more councils going on line and the
national software was updated to kick it out. The exception is "the
chartered organization representative, who may also serve as chairman
or member of the pack committee". It isn't new. Sidebar: the chairman
is not interchangable with committee member if you look at the job
description. "The head of the chartered organization or chartered
organization representative and the local council must approve the
registration of the unit" adults. This is not new. This also does
not change the fact that leaders can multiple between different
units and scouting divisions (eg: Pack CC, SA, UC, and Training
Committee at the same time).
With regard to adult leadership recognition a person can only be
awarded for tenure in the registered position. This is written in
Leadership Training Plans,Procedures, Materials , no. LG4169 as
Kathie cited. Although, in many councils recognition is being made
now for simultaneous tenure in different registered positions (eg:
CM and Unit Commissioner or like above). Perhaps Kathie can
comment on if this change is universally recognized.
With regard to unit operation/administration there is nothing in the
literature which prevents anyone from wearing multiple hats - even
if it is informal. A Den Leader (program) can also lead fund raising
(a committee function) and there is nothing wrong with that. As a
Cubmaster years ago, I wasn't going to argue with the same example
because the particular lady had been doing both effectively before I
even got there. A lot of flexability is provided in the scout program
which allows for the individuality of units. The same is true for
unit administration. A pack can be chartered with 5 adults only, but
we all recognize what that means in providing an effective program.
Selling parents on the benefits from their personal involvment in
scouting is not easy, but the rewards are great. It is also very
contageous once it gets started. Perhaps we need to revitalize
that segment of our training programs. Having taught Pack
Administration at several Pow Wows, I guarantee that it is not
the first session to fill up.
Kathie: I can't agree with your statement that "Tigers are not for
every pack." With the exception of the LDS packs (based on the
Charter Organization rules), I have yet to find any pack where
the Tiger program does not add a great benefit in both the
recruiting of boys and adults. Some leaders that have fought the
program change in the past are now my best advocates.
Dan Beard Council Member - Membership
EVERY BOY DESERVES THE CHANCE TO BE A SCOUT.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City