Re: Scout Clip Art
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Fri, 4 Dec 1992 21:58:24 CST
I know only too well that councils in general do not distribute information
well to volunteers. I also know several councils that feel that once a
volunteer puts on the khaki uniform they lose all power to think and
However - so many registered leaders do not understand that nor understand
that all they really need to know is what to ask for and they get it. The
councils across the country that I know of are pretty mediocre, some are
very good, most don't truly do any more than they actually have to do.
That is where the volunteer comes in to the picture. You see - I once had
a unit commissioner who said at one of my meetings, "I don't want to read
the Scouting magazine each time it comes out; nor try to keep up with the
program; I will just let my D.E. tell me what I need to know."
My question was, "By who's standards do you 'need to know'? That, all too
often is the case with our volunteers. They are so often shamed into
joining or disappointing their son; they get little or no information or
training; but they are expected to understand our true aims and ideals by
some kind of magic.
It the volunteers do not speak up and ask for what we know has been shipped
(and we CERTAINLY had to in Chicago Area regarding the updates and disk),
then the volunteers are not the ones who suffer for that. The kids
ultimately do, and that is where I tend to get intense. Most parents who
have signed up do not see the overall picture; most young men coming in
from the "scout" side never did see the ideals and aims if their
Scoutmaster ran the program correctly.
At my last district meeting, I began my commissioner report with a moment
of silence for Green Bar Bill. As it turned out many of our old timers
actually had met him. My D.E. did not know he had died. However, my D.E.
did not get angry at me, he too knew the man. That is the same D.E. who
said, "no there have been no updates or disks received from national." And
the same D.E. who 1 hour later called to tell me he was sorry, they were in
council, and the office staff had no idea what to do with them, so they had
just stuck them on a desk. Why? We have (and continue to do so) been
undergoing a great deal of staff (professional) changes in the past six
months and have almost no one (professional) is actually responsible for
anything more than two weeks at a time.
However, had I not heard from another scouter in another council that the
material had been sent, I would not have even known to ask nor share it
with you all. See? That is how it works.
Mike - I never have found a council that actually worked at the ideal and
never expect to!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City