[Settummanque, the blackeagle : Re: Bill Hillcourt's passing]
G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Wed, 16 Dec 1992 10:05:01 CST
>>>Kathie...please be careful here....there are LOTS of professionals out
>>>there that will SHUT THE DOOR on volunteers that "get too close" or
>>>"tell more than you are supposed to know".
>>>You are correct that as volunteers, we have an obligation to inform
>>>and involve others into what is going on "up the road" at the Council
>>>Service Center. However, I beg to differ with you that this is
>>>something that ALL volunteers should know about.
>>>Many times, a "good-intentioned" volunteer will be asked to leave the
>>>Council if somehow they keep the Council from doing "things as usaul".
>>>They see this as not being "loyal" to the Scouting movement and to the
>>>local Council in particular.
>>>To make a long posting short, failure to "go with the flow" may cost
>>>you service as a volunteer (and some SE/CEs hold that fact over your
>>>head and shoulders). There should be NO PLACE for such action in our
>>>program, but as I've written several times, the volunteers hire those
>>>professionals to adminster the program in accordance with National
>>>guidelines and the policies of the local Council.
>>>And the policies of the local Council is what drives the train.
>>>If a local Council (and this happens a whole lot, mostly in the South)
>>>has a policy whereby a community will have two Scout Troops or two Cub
>>>Packs, each serving a racial group and is for the most part
>>>inexclusive of the other unit, and you come in, realizing that somehow
>>>this is wrong and attempt to organize a unit whereby ALL members of
>>>the community will be welcomed as members or leaders; YOU are treading
>>>on thin ice because the policy is there....this has been going on for
>>>years and you can't change it.
I think we have an obligation to try to change such policies. I prefer to
work within the system. It might take longer (than my lifetime?) that
way but it keeps scouting avialable to the boys.
>>>Tell someone about it, even in another District, and you can find
>>>yourself in lots of trouble with the local Council and asked to find
>>>volunteer service elsewhere.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City