Re: Professional Scouting
Olan Watkins (o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Sat, 14 Aug 1993 01:55:00 BST
To Mike Walton
Thanks Mike for the response to request for advice for person considering
joining professional Scouting. Received back first comments that say job
#: 398998 S4/Scouting Activities [OUTDOORS]
Sb: #398957-Scout Profession #3
Fm: EnviroLeague/B. Critz/IL 71611,365
To: OLAN WATKINS/TX 76207,3431
Let me add that what you posted from Mike Settumanque was GREAT stuff, the
"real world of Professional Scouting" as he saw it! Much needed.
One correction: He stated that professionals were required to attend Wood
Badge. Wish that 'twere so. Most I have known have not done so. Our
Council, for instance, has about 20% pr less that have.
Othr than that -- all I can add is that a professional is often taken aback
(we have had many resign due to) by the emphasis on what the professional
as the wrong things -- statistics rather than quality.
Job evaluation statistics, raises, job levels, promotions, firings -- THE
SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT STAT IS # OF UNITS! IOW, NEVER LET ONE DIE, EVEN IF
IS COMPLETELY LOUSY! Some incompetent leaders are thus perpetuated as "Mr.
Scout" in their areas as professionals really cannot dig in and force
Well, the same reason that the "chartered organization" theory vs.
"sponsorship" does not truly work. IF a pro tells a CO Headm what the
responsibilities of a CO ARE, the CO Head may back off and -- voila', a
deceased unit and the DE's head is on the carpet, lopped off by his or her
Next, many do not realize that a PRINCIPLE job of a DE is to raise money. If
you do not like that, both from a direct "asking" and from organizing others
to ask, don't bother to get in the profession. 'Nuff said.
Finally, some do not even begin to imagine the dunderheads that often are
clogging the volunteer ranks. Folks who say "OK" and never begin to act.
at Council Officer levels.
Realism! The "follow the DE for a while" advice was the best part of the
piece. We need good ones in Scouting, ones who really KNOW the job before
committment and, thus, truly committed
I have never worked that side of the fence, but have know many who have --
both successful and those who have left it.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City