Re: BSA composition
Frank Boimare (SC0HASS@VM.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Tue, 6 Apr 1993 12:36:08 CDT
Kathie and all,
I was aware that there was a training course for Varsity leaders, but I
was completely misinformed about the program, so I never looked into it
any further. While I do not have my SM Handbook handy, I think I got
much of my idea that Varsity was a *sports* program from it as no one in
this Council uses it at all (There may be one or two teams in other
Districts, but no one at HQ knows anything at all about them!).
I will go to our Scout Shop and look at the Varsity Leader's HB or whatever
it is called add to the information you all have given me. Thanks.
I still think it sounds redundant to have three programs which are capable
of doing the same thing. Changing names and creating a parallel program
does not work unless you change attitudes, too. As I am currently fighting
the battle of trying to turn an adult-run troop with a high drop out rate
into a troop run by the patrol method (even if there is only one patrol!),
I strongly agree that none of the programs from Boy Scouts on up work well
unless the boys run them.
Somebody asked in a message last week, "How do you know what they want to
do?" The answer is simple: ASK THEM!
The three keys to business success (from my Management class last
semester) show how to "sell" the program to the older boys:
1. Ask the customer what he/she wants.
2. Give it to him/her!
3. Always get cash for your services.
(OK, this one doesn't really apply, but if you've ever been left
holding the bill for event registrations where the people offered
to pay you at the event but did not show up and would not pay, you'll
know why I included this one.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City