Are you delivering the promise?
Dr. Steven C. Myers (R1SCM@AKRONVM.BITNET)
Fri, 1 Oct 1993 10:07:20 EDT
Just picked up a new course sylabus (title above) with a brochure
of the same name. It addresses so much of what we have been talking
about, that I am going to type the entire text into this computer
and send it out to all of you. Jon, since this is an official text,
do you want to post it in the archives?
I will tell you that the brochure deals with what we promise the kids
when they open the scout handbook (boy led programs, outdoor adventures,
values) and whether our troops deliver? They talk extensively about
size of troop and quality indicators. They talk of troops under 16
as essentially at risk, that measurable quality indicators "jump" at size 21
and that the best troops surveyed as measured by quality indicators
(11% of total) have 31,32 or 33 scouts or more. I don't remember which
At the end there is a checklist for your troop, yes/no, do we meet the
following quality indicators: and only one is earn the quality unit award!
From page 9 of "Are You Delivering the Promise."
"These are the attributes of a good troop. Check to see how you measure up.
( )Y/( )N Troop has earned the Quality Unit Award.
( )Y/( )N Scoutmaster has completed basic training.
( )Y/( )N Troops follow traditional troop-meeting pattern
(standard troop-meeting plan with two or more
skill training groups.)
( )Y/( )N Troop has a high ratio of active adults to youth.
( )Y/( )N Leaders regularly attend roundtables.
( )Y/( )N Troop meeetings are planned at Patrol Leader Council meetings.
( )Y/( )N Woods Wisdom is used in planning troop program.
( )Y/( )N A patrol for new Scouts exists, with a Troop guide and Assistant
( )Y/( )N Troop adds at least 10 scouts per year.
( )Y/( )N Troop has an annual minimum of 25 days and nights of camping.
( )Y/( )N Troop attends a long term council camp.
( )Y/( )N Leaders are proficient in outdoor skills.
( )Y/( )N Troop has at least 21 scouts.
( )Y/( )N Troop has a program for older scouts.
A lot to shoot for, but it all makes sense. I will type the entire text in whe
n I return from my weekend away.
Scoutmaster of a troop that meets 10 of the above (7 if I am overly strict and
12 if I liberaly interpret the wording). Recruited my 18th scout last night.
I didn't mean to -- it just happenned. Dad was almost an eagle. So we were
talking about my daughter. Mentioned she went to Philmont and he said "Aahh
Philmont..." The rest is as they say history. Still I'll believe it when
he shows up at a meeting with money and application in hand!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City