Re: Professional Scouting #1
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Mon, 16 Aug 1993 19:55:36 CDT
"Dr. Steven C. Myers" <R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET> writes:
>On Sun, 15 Aug 1993 20:25:19 CDT Settummanque, the blackeagle said:
>>professional's "report card". This was started with the Quality
>>District and Council goals and the additional goals in programming set
>>by Scout/Council Executives to their staffs.
>So Mike, just what are teh requirements for Quality Districts and Quality
>Council? I know most of our districts (maybe all) and teh council is
>so what did we do??
(This may not hit the list until later on.....Kathie may have more
information on how the Quality Council and District program works
better than this...if so, Kathie, please post it so that everyone
INCLUDING ME may take advantage of the most current information....
because as you can see, my information is kinda dated....)
(Today has NOT been one of my sterling days...in addition to the split
tire on the way back from Russellville, my boss's insistance that we
spend lunchtime "catchin' up on everyone's lives", and the closing of
the bowling alley after I *finally* get my client into the car (and
having to listen to him ask me to "play Aerosmith" in the car (which
does not have a working radio let alone a car tape player!), I will
have to go and play guest at our friend's home....good thing that I
have mail today!!!!!!!!!!! *laughter*)
This information is kinda dated, but I am sure that this is still what
happens on the local Council level anyways....my source (finally
finding them) are the BSA's Southeast Region's Paraprofessional
"Manual" and the BSA's Council-District Plan Book (BSA#6032A) which
each member of the District's Committee and the Council Committees
which are part of that local Council's "program and unit service
group" should have.
The Plan Book is a great overview booklet that explains the four
(five) functions of a local Council and its Districts and even
deliminates which committes are within which functions. On the first
full page of this booklet, is a chart describing the functions and
whose responsibility it is to run that committee function (and
likewise, whose responsibility it is to support that primary
On the second page is a worksheet for the Council's usage (and for
each members's usage) for the National Quality Council Award that is
presented by the BSA to those Councils that qualify. I *do* have the
1991 stats on the number of Quality Councils, but it is not broken
down by Region except to say that the Western Region had the most
Quality Councils in 1991. In 1991, out of the 473 local Councils,
321 were Quality Councils....and five out of the six Regions (North
Central was NOT a Quality Region in 1991) were Quality Regions.
(*which told the story of how the North Central Region got broke up
and parceled out to the old East Central, South Central and Western
Regions to form the new Central, Southern and Western Regions*)
The requirements (this is from a 1989 publication!!):
" A National Quality Council must acheive six of eight objectives to
qualify. Starred (*) items are required. Note: Carry out all
percentages to one decimal place [ I toldya that professionals LOVE
*1. More than 50 percent of total units have acheived the Quality Unit
*2. Show growth in total youth members or total density.
[read this "show growth in total youth membership or ratio of total
youth membership as related to total available youth of Scouting age
residing in the local Council" (from census figures).]
*3. Balanced annual operating budget while maintaining approved staff
4. Reduce number of dropped units and achieve a net unit gain.
[a "dropped unit" is one that fails to be rechartered within a 120 day
window, starting three months before the charter is to be renewed and
ending on the 60th day after the date of renewal. This is important,
because "dropped units" do not exist in the BSA's "master list of
units" and therefore reflects a permanent loss in membership and
units. Commissioners and professional attempt to reduce the "number
of dropped units" by insuring that all of the charter paperwork is in
the local Council office no later than the day that the charter is due
to be renewed....professionals get chewed out royally if a unit laspes
past the +30 day window that most local Councils have to get them
renewed. I know of three local Councils that if the charter is NOT in
the office as of 15 days BEFORE the charter expires, that the
professional had better start packing his or her desk!!! ]
[a "net unit gain" is the difference between those "dropped units" and
the professional/volunteer's efforts to get new units organized and
chartered. Volunteers that achieve a net unit gain in their Districts
get nice plaques and pats on the back; professionals get raises
dependent upon the percentage of that gain....NOW you know why
professionals are so pre-occupied with the chartering process!!!!! ]
5. Have a current long-range plan (within the last 2 years).
6. Provide an opportunity for each staff member to participate in a
professional training experience each year (i.e. NEI I, II or III,
Wood Badge, National Camping School, Professional Conferences,
Philmont Volunteer Training Center, etc.)
7. Provide an annual training conference for Scouting Coordinators
(now called Chartered Partner Representatives).
8. Have a functioning Key 3 (District Chairman, District Commissioner,
District Executive) in each District. "
All of the goals here are to be completed using figures as of last
December 31 and the present year December 31. (in other words, since
most Council charters run from Janurary 1 to December 31 each year,
the Quality Council goals also run in a year cycle which starts and
ends on the same dates (just like for unit awards).
The Quality District Awards are similiar to the Council Awards, except
that requirement #3 is just to "achieve finance goals" ; requirement 5
is to "provide a ratio of one unit commissioner/Exploring Service Team
member for every three units; requirement #6 is to "provide "So Your'e
a New Leader" Training (Fast Start) for all new leaders within 90 days
of their selection and registration; and requirement #7 is to "Hold a
conference with the heads of each chartered organization annually".
I LOVE requirement #8, however: "Have a functioning District
Committee/Exploring Division with all key positions filled". There is
a line for the number of "key positions" and the number of "filled
Please note again, Steve, that the application is approved by the
District/Exploring Division's Key Three leaders, and not by the
Council Commissioner or even the Council Scout Executive.
The rest of the booklet explains how to get your
District/Division/Council to "Quality Status".
Like I said, it's a great booklet and I am sure that Kathie has a
updated version of the book that has the most current requirements
(since, like the unit level awards, the Council and District (and
Regional) Awards change ever-so-slightly each year.
Awards: If you haven't done this yet, go to your local Council and ask
them to show you their Quality Council plaque....if they are a Quality
Council. Part of your SME/FOS monies helped pay for that nice $73.50
plaque. The Council gets ONE free...they have to order three more to
present to the Key Three at Council Dinner time.
(you think that I'm belittling this, don't you...it is a BIG DEAL
among professionals, whom get a slight increase in pay and more
importantly, something POSITIVE to place on their professional vitas
when they are wanting to move upward and onward in the
Likewise, there's a Quality District plaque (there's one with my name
on it at the Family Support Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia!) that may
be presented to those District people that helped the District to meet
the Quality goals. Those are $8.89 a piece....
Lookie here....there are QUALITY UNIT PATCHES which state "quality
Council" or "quality DISTRICT". I don't have the catalog numbers
handy but you CAN have your Council or District order them for you.
In the Delta Area Council, the Council ordered them for EVERY youth
member and did a project sales to fund the purchase...(actually, the
Council President there funded them from his own monies so that EVERY
member got to wear that distinction...my hat's off to him!!)
So, if your Council is a Quality Council, there's no reason why you
can't wear one....that is, unless your Council don't want their
Council and District volunteers and professionals to wear Quality
insignia (and there are a few, unfortunately....)!!
Regions and Councils don't get streamers...Districts may if the
Executive springs the $.29 to request one from Mail/Purchasing S100 at
the National Office (units that have *lost* one may also request one
as well...but fair warning....there's a limited supply!)
Well.....I've got to go and eat dinner and see my friends (so I won't
get into too much trouble with Jessiann!!! *smile*)
Dr. Steve, I hope that this is the information that you needed and
that I am sure that others were wondering about....and Kathie, please
add more current information than my '89 materials have!!!!
The objectives are approved by the Council Key Three (the Council's
President, Commissioner and the (Council) Scout Executive) for each
Mike L. Walton
former Council Program Group member
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