Rhodmium Rodent Rules ?
Don Izard (IZARD@UBVM.BITNET)
Wed, 10 Feb 1993 14:34:21 EST
At list one person indicated in recent discussions, that he had NO
idea why he had received an award. Others have no clear idea of
what the REAL requirements are to be NOMINATED, WHO does, and WHO can
submit nominations, and how the final awards are determined. It is clear
to those with open eyes and an open mind, that all councils are not
the same, and do not interpret BSA guidelines (NOT RULES) in the
IE. A council previous to my current allowed NO one but a select
committee, appointed by a mystical higher authority, to have the
official nomination forms. All the average scouter was permitted,
was to write up a letter format nomination to the committee, with
as many supporting facts and letters as possible to "THE committee."
The committee would then complete the OFFICIAL forms, and control
the final pool of nominees. Does this sound familiar to any others?
My current council now has all awards presented and a single
combined council dinner. NO more districts "doing there own thing".
However there are those that think the council has taken this control
over the awards to enforce BSA standards and guidelines, and there are
others that think it is just a new way to control WHO gets the awards.
The JURY is still out, and it may be a year before all the results
of this new policy will fallout.
I am a bit surprized to see some apparently experienced people that
are so naive to beleive that every council operates the same. Or
even that every council will enterprect BSA guidelines the same way.
Some councils do not even have current copies of the guidelines
available! As fast as they change, how can understaffed offices
even be expected to keep up. How many even knew about the new socks?
It would just be nice to know that there were a few things that you
could view as a constant set of values related to awards. Hey,
even the requirements for Eagle scout have changed. (again you say?)
It would be nice . . but until then I have to make copies of
all your kind replies for the Eagle "standards review" committee
tonite. At least one group wants to publish a public set of goals
that are expected for a recognised award.
Don i, still trying to remain cheerful, but still scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City