Re: "trained" for the job.
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 29 Mar 1993 09:47:00 CST
First of all - thanks for the paperwork, it does not match what we were given in
Chicago Area Council, but it does match what Northeast Illinois has
distributed. Wow! Even safe scouting rules have to be very carefully watched
for alteration by local councils!
> Most folks wear the position patch for the highest position in BSA that they
> hold... I'm on the Council's Exploring Committee, a Post COR, a Troop MC,
> and an OA Advisor... I wear the Council Committee patch.
> Most folks are also only (paid) registered for 1 position, so that should be
> the one you wear. (Normally the one you pay for, is the highest or most
> important one to you). I actually am only a multiple on two, and pay for
> two, but that's by choice.
As a 20 year tenured (constantly updating) trainer with national, regional,
area, and local credentials, I always think as we teach, the boys are the most
important, thus a unit leader IS the top and highest position in BSA. In fact,
our training manuals have always stated so.
Thus, I have no problem with your decision if that is your 1) paid registration
(since National has stated that if you wear only 1 uniform w/insignia, then it
must be your "primary" position, that is, your paid position. And National
does not require volunteers to pay in more than one position. In reality,
many, many, many volunteers pay in more than one position, as the inserts in
their Scouting magazine depend on the position in which they are paid;
commissioners always get the most in information inserts so being paid in a
commissioner position is extremely helpful to all positions.
You and I seem to disagree here on the position of importance. I put and have
always taught, as has national, that:
Highest position: any unit leader position
next down: district
You will note, and I always point out, that the lower you go in this listing,
the less you have to do with the kids. That is usually why many people at the
district, council, etc. levels lose sight of the "real" world of the
This must be true, since national insists on testing and researching all changes
with real live kids, and the cooperation of the unit leaders.
But whatever way - if you wear one uniform - you should wear the one in which
you have a paid registration. Since I have always been a trainer and/or
commissioner, I have always found it less confusing to the district/council
leadership if I wear the uniform for the position in which I am functioning
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