Re: Volunteer Recognition Dinner
Jim Sleezer (JHS8@OSUVM1.BITNET)
Wed, 3 Feb 1993 12:46:15 CST
On Mon, 1 Feb 1993 14:13:27 -0500 Dave Hultberg said:
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>I just have to keep reminding myself that we are doing this for the boys
>and we will continue to do so despite those above us. Climbing down off
>my soap box and taking my medication.....
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Dave, your description of the volunteer recognition dinner is about par for
the course. Very few seem to me to be focused on those attending. The program
is usually developed by and for those running the event. It reflects the
needs of the District Executive, Chair, Commissioner, etc. I think you would
find most people in attendance were bored--even those who were recognized.
Now substitute Cubmaster or Scoutmaster for DE and think about how many units
are run to meet the needs of the leaders. Some time ago, I visited a unit
where the Scoutmaster spent 48 minutes (yes, I timed him) of the 90 minute
meeting giving his lecture. The Scouts were bored to death, the floor was
uncomfortable (and cold), and the SM talked down to them. That time didn't
include the interuptions of the Scout who was presenting a program on lashing.
Clearly, he wasn't doing it the way the SM would have. The boy did a good job
but, if I were him, I would never want to do it again--I'd just let the SM do
it all himself!! And they wondered why boys didn't stay active. My response
was that if the meeting is active (lots going on) the boys will stay active!
Remember those pack meetings where the boys had to just sit and watch the
parade of boys walking up to get their badges. The leaders were active and
involved but the participants were bored.
Not every unit works this way, but I suggest we should all look at the
participant. Is he/she smiling, displaying a real interest and enthusiasm?
Or, does he/she have that distant, bored look? If there are bored looks,
it's time to re-examine what is being done as well as how and by whom.
Every program needs a "Plan B"--it sounds like your Volunteer recognition
dinner really needed one. I can't imagine that you were the only one bored!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City