A *lot* of things (WARNING: LONG POSTING!)
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Sun, 21 Feb 1993 19:23:03 CST
As the subject line indicates, this will be quite a LONG posting (now,
now, don't ya all start hitting those "Kill" or "delete" keys yet!!!
There *may be* something that you could use from all of this!! hehehe)
and it does cover a lot of things that we've been talking about but
dure to my new job, adjustments to that job, the loss of a great car,
and Jessiann's illness (she's come down with the flu, the same weekend
that we were visited by her mother and niece, and the same weekend
that we had to disappoint some dear friends and tell them that we
won't be visiting for the entire week...you get the picture,
right???), plus, we are under tornado watches all day long, so...here
First, the job. Yes, I have FINALLY resecured work. My thanks for
your individual and collective prayers and congrats on getting the
job. Also, thanks for your support while I was job hunting over the
past seven months.
The job is with Lifeskills, Incorporated (which also explains the
disclaimer at the bottom. I've never had to do a disclaimer before,
so that too, is new!). Lifeskills works with drug rehabilitation,
mentally and physically challenged individuals, and with those with
personal, marital, or social problems under two contracts with the
Kentucky Cabinet for Human Resources and the federal Medicare/aid
programs. Lifeskills operates in a ten-county area surrounding Warren
County (the county in which Bowling Green is in).
AIS/MR is one of the four core services (Assisted Intermediate
Services to the Mentally Retarded) (they don't use "challenged" here)
that Lifeskills provide for its' clients. I serve as one of three
(two after the end of May) Recreational Specialists. What I do, is to
take clients out to various locations for recreational therapy,
arrange for special events for all of the AIS/MR clients, and to
document and assist in case management of each client. So far, its
okay. The working conditions are okay, and the time is flexable
because of the clients' school/work schedules.
What this does me for me, however, is that I will have to read my mail
in the late evening hours (since I have given Jessiann the morning
hours to read her mail and to complete/print work assignments for
class in the mornings). I will still respond to inquiries about
Scouting, but I will be a LOT slower in the response time (two days
now instead of one afternoon) than I would be normally.
So, thanks and please be patient with me as I readjust my work and
personal habits for this new opportunity. I've never worked with
mentally challenged people, although two years ago while at the
Hoffman Center, there were several MR workers (I had the pleasure to
work with four while there) that worked within our floor and one, our
mailcarrier, Ann, was "slightly" retarded (but don't tell her
that--she'll just tell you that she's just "slow"!).
I've been following the thread about the recommedations of how
advancement should be handled in the Troop...and I've purposely stayed
out of that discussion. I have several "beefs" with the current way
that our program has decided that they want to do advancement within
the Troop or Team environment, and although I still support the
program, I don't have to like it.
In particular, I don't like the idea that ADULTS are now to hold
boards of review for ALL Boy Scout Advancement (yeah, I know...this
goes back to the "old" (pre '73) days where this occurred--BUT they
had the Senior Patrol Leader on the Board of Review for the first
three advancements, and he was a voting member. Today's policy does
NOT allow for ANY youth membership on the Board.
What this tells me is two things. First, it tells me that the BSA has
lost faith in the ability of its youth to make significant decisions.
And whether or not a boy receives First Class IS a significant
decision. We have not only religated the youth of the Troop to
meaningless "leadership" (the Senior Patrol Leader does NOT exercise
control over Troop operations any more; the Scoutmaster does. The
Patrol Leaders do not approve parts of advancement anymore; they
merely train and coach other youth and adults are given that
responsibility to approve) tasks, we have elevated the role of the
Scoutmaster back to "leader of the Troop" (after we have collectively
spent much time and money to convince youth that THEY LEAD).
Second, it tells me that the BSA's emphasis will shift from the
training and coaching of the men and women that "lead" the Troops and
Teams to the adults that comprise the Troop or Team Committee. While
I will agree with some that this will strenghten the Troop or Team
Committee, which was sorely needed, this also has the added side
disadvantage of making the Troop Committee the FINAL VOICE in all
advancement (in the past, if a youth wanted to "fight the Troop's PLC
decision", he could take it to the Troop Committee. Now, where does he
take it to??).
So, what kind of guidelines can I give to a Troop's Committee for
administering Boards of Review?? Seven...the same ones that I would
tell youth members of the Patrol Leaders' Council to use--plus, I
added one for the adult Board:
1) The Scout Law and Oath overrides ALL decisions and actions. You
are deciding on whether or not the Scout does not meet, meet or
exceeds the requirements for the advancement.
2) Talk with the candidate as if his parents were present as well.
You want to explain what it is that he has come before you to earn,
the requirements (believe it or not, there are SOME Scouts that don't
really KNOW what EXACTLY the requirements are...just that you do some
camping, do some hiking and go to meetings). You also want to explain
to him that this review builds on the previous reviews that the Scout
has had with you.
3) Expect both you and the candidates to be frightened. This is PART
OF THE EXPERIENCE, and not a indicator that he is not prepared nor you
are making him scared. If you can, relax the candidate by getting him
to tell you about some of his Scouting and NON-SCOUTING experiences
over the past months. Yeah, he'll ramble and you'll ramble. But
remember, there's no time limit on this. So take the time and learn
about the candidate.
4) MAKE SURE HIS SCOUT HANDBOOK or tracking sheet IS WITH HIM. How
else are you going to review his progress??? Don't rely on just the
Troop's records...because, as well all know, there are many things
that happen that keep records from being up-to-date. This also
instills some self-confidence in the Scout candidate, because he can
look at his own book and see what he has done and what still needs to
be accomphished toward the next award.
5) Deliberations are done WITHOUT THE SCOUT PRESENT. Excuse the Scout
while you make your decision. Thank him for his presence and tell him
to "stick around" while you and the other members make their minds up.
Take your time in discussing the Scout's progress...but remember that
he is as anixious to hear the news as you are to give it to him.
Remember, he is being REVIEWED, NOT EXAMINED or EVALUATED. There is a
big difference. "Review" means that he and you are looking back at
what he done, how he did it and why. "Examinations" require that the
Scout either has done something right or wrong, and as we all know,
there are LOTS of ways to make it to each rank. "Evaluations" are
similiar to examiniations, with the added part of explaining how or
why you got the right or wrong option.
Again, this is a BOARD OF REVIEW, NOT a "board of examiniation" or a
"board of evaluation".
6) Explain to the Scout candidate what he needs to do to improve or
become more prepared, and congradute him on his achievement. If the
Board feels that he is NOT ready for Scouting at the next level, tell
him and explain why you feel that way. This becomes more important as
he goes to attend the Star Board of Review, which is conducted by the
Troop's Committee. Don't forget to sign the advancement report as
well as the place within the Handbook to signify his achievement and
to notify the Scoutmaster for apprioviate recognition.
7) Each Scout is different. Their way of progressing is different.
Some will go about this all fast and will be First Class Scouts before
you know it and then slow down. Others will take YEARS to just become
Second Class. Take those into consideration when making your
decisions. Also take into consideration things that the Scout does
OUTSIDE of Scouting. Things such as ball leagues, drama or speech,
vocational training, jobs, or volunteer services with other agencies
are all important too. We would like to think that Scouting "comes
first" with all of our members; however, personalities may make
Scouting second, third or twenty-fourth to things that to them "will
make a difference in MY life". During the Board, not only talk about
Scouting events and Scouting programs and Scouting processes. Talk
about his sitting on the bench for five games or the superior he
received from Band. The work he does for the Red Cross Youth or the
Hospice. The church ushering or the SAY NO TO DRUGS committee he is
on in school. Believe it or not, he may NEVER get a chance to talk to
adults (even his own parents!!!!) about the OTHER things he does
outside of Scouting.
You have to measure the degree of leadership that he assumed to
Scouting to the degree of outside things that he is also doing. Get
notes or letters from those other places. That's allowed. Call that
coach up or meet with that youth director and see how he's performing
in that group setting. That's allowed too. Don't let him off the
hook just because the event or activity has little to do with
Scouting...because it DOES!!!
Once the members of the Troop realize that Scouting does not end at
the doorway when you say "Good Night, Scouts!", the more that they
will start accepting responsibilty in the Troop or Team..._and_ in the
other events or activities that they are a part of!!
I got a call from the National Office on Tuesday, returning my call
from the past week about President Clinton serving as National
Honorary President. I still don't have an "official" answer. I did
get two "unoffical" "yes, he has accepted and will be shortly
announcinng whether or not he will attend the Jamboree" from two
unrelated sources. I will continue to see what I can find out and
of course, I'll place it here.
I have looked EVERYPLACE in this apartment for a Star patch (the old
version...the rectangle with the star and First Class badge in the
center on green) as well as a First Class Badge (the two were together
as a set). I haven't found one. So, if anyone else has one, I know of
a Scouter that is waiting on it!!!!!
Sorry, Paul...I'll still keep looking, because I *know* that I have
one...I just cannot find it!
(I will be sending a Scribe Patch, however....)
(From the "Guide to Safe Scouting, BSA #10-212" )
Because serious accidents can happen when using gasoline in
lanterns and stoves and lighting fires with liquid starters, ADULT
SUPERVISION IS REQUIRED WHEN CHEMICAL FUELS ARE BEING USED FOR
LIGHTING AND COOKING.
Guidelines for Safety Using Chemical Stoves and Lanterns
1. Use compressed or liquid-gas stoves or lanterns only with
knowledgeable adult supervision and in Scout facilities only where
and when permitted (check with YOUR COUNCIL to see which facilities
2. Operate and maintain according to manufacturer's instructions
included with the stove or lantern.
3. STORE FUEL IN APPROVED CONTAINERS AND UNDER ADULT SUPERVISION.
Keep all chemical fuel containers away from hot stoves and campfires
and store below 100 degrees F (37.7 degrees C).
4. Let hot stoves and lanterns cool before changing cylinders of
compressed gases or refilling from bottles of liquid gas.
5. Refill liquid-gas stoves and lanterns a safe distance from any
flames, including other stoves, campfires, and personal smoking (what!
personal smoking at a Scouting function!?!). A commercial camp stove
fuel should be used for safety and performance. Pour through a filter
funnel. Recap both the device and the fuel container before igniting.
6. NEVER FUEL A STOVE OR LANTERN INSIDE A CABIN; ALWAYS DO THIS
OUTDOORS. DO NOT OPERATE A STOVE OR LANTERN IN AN UNVENTILATED
STRUCTURE. PROVIDE AT LEAST TWO VENTILATION OPENINGS, ONE HIGH AND
ONE LOW, TO PROVIDE OYXGEN AND EXHAUST FOR LETHAL GASES. NEVER FUEL,
IGNITE, OR OPERATE A STOVE OR LANTERN IN A TENT.
7. Place the stove on a level, secure surface before operating.
On snow, place insulated support under the stove to prevent melting
8. Periodically check fittings on conpressed-gas stoves and on
pressurized liquid-gas stoves for leakage, using soap solution before
9. When lighting a stove, keep fuel bottles and extra cannisters
well away. Do not hover over the stove when lighting it. Keep your
head and body to one side. Open the stove valve quickly for two full
turns and light carefully, with head, fingers, and hands to the side
of the burner. Then adjust down.
10. Do not leave a lighted stove or lantern unattended.
11. Do not overload the stovetop with heavy pots or large frying
pans. If pots over 2 quarts are necessary, set up a separate grill
with legs to hold the pot, and place the stove under the grill.
12. Bring empty fuel containers home for disposal. Do not place
in or near fires. Empty fuel containers will explode if heated and
should never be put in fireplaces or with burnable trash.
And finally (*loud clapping!!!!!!*), about my car......
Well...we had a terrible bad day of snow on President's Day. Getting
my children back to Richmond was easy...it was only raining...coming
back, however, over the mountain roads of southern and south-central
Kentucky was terrible.
After making it home three-quarters of the way, the car decided to do
several circles before taking me and it over a ditch and coming to
rest against a dirt embankment. This was the SAME site, whereby just
a few short months ago, the U-Haul Truck we used to attempt the travel
westward to Iowa broke down and STOPPED at this same mile marker.
No injuries to me, mostly because of the seat belt that strongly held
me against the seat; no injuries to Jessiann because (and I was glad!)
she was not there, but at work instead; but LOTS of injuries to a car
that the previous Friday was given over $150 worth of TLC to.
I finally got it towed to our neighborhood gas station on Wednesday
and tomorrow or Tuesday, it will be "given" so that "organs" from it
can make several other cars run better. The car was only about $300,
so I am not out anything except additional transportation (and the
elimination of arguments over "I want to take *my* car because *yours*
wastes too much gas!".
Well....as Jessiann told me through sore throat "What are you doing??
Writing your whole life story??", I better stop.
Kathie, you prayed for me when I was first job hunting and when I
thought that things would work out at University of
Louisville....we're both praying for you to get better and rejoin us
all here really soon. Take your time...relax and GET WELL SOON!!!!!
Again, thanks for your notes of congratulations and for your concern.
Now, as Jessiann told me this afternoon, it's time that I found a
Scout Troop that can use my experience......
( Settummanque, the blackeagle... ) )
((MAJ) Mike L. Walton (among other "endearing" names) ( )
( AIS/MR Recreation/Leisure Specialist, Lifeskills Inc. ___)_ )
( Phone 502-782-7992 (home) 502-842-2274 (office) |-=-|] )
(3201-D Cave Springs Avenue -- Greenwood, KY 42104-4439 -------- )
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