Re: Tiger Cub Statistics, 160,000 lost, etcetera.
Gina Gestautas (NORTH@DRYCAS.BITNET)
Fri, 5 Nov 1993 15:36:00 EDT
I do agree that following the spirit of the various scouting organizations
is just as important as following the letter of their programs.
The issue I think that we are all trying to get to.. is that it is
important to distinguish between a REGULATION (or policy) which may
have insurance or other reasons behind it.. and a GUIDELINE which can
be locally interpreted to fit local needs.
The BSA in particular has plenty of documentation that can tell each
leader for example what is absolutely required to meet local, state, and
Federal Laws in regards to safety, health, and other scout related matters.
The programs are clearly described and supported with program literature
and assorted pamphlets, videos, and training classes. Even leadership
positions have their own descriptions and supporting documents because
its important to understand in detail just what it takes to do each job
successfully and thoroughly. Each rank or other form of advancement
in both Tiger, Cub, and Boy Scouts has detailed information in pamphlet
or other book form so that the boys can see for themselves what it takes
to reach them. I really don't think that there is a LACK of documentation
out there... the BSA constantly reviews and updates this documentation to
keep up to date and publishes these updates to let its leadership and
boys know the latest developments.
I am the first to admit that I am not always 100 percent on top of all
of this myriad of documentation and information, but the difference is
that I am interested in the updated information and try to follow it
and diseminate it where I can. That is much different from leaders that
have been leaders forever, been trained (long ago), and don't think it
important to update themselves on the CURRENT program. I currently
know of a pack run by an ex D.E. that is not even holding pack meetings!
This is NOT the program that BSA has put out and "FRANCHISED" so to speak
to the local chartered unit. This person is deliberately and knowingly
running the program as he sees fit. (Help is already being provided for
The point is that even though it's important to know the difference between
an absolute RULE or POLICY and a GUIDELINE, that you should absolutely
follow the REGULATIONS as put forth (to the BEST of your ability) and
try to adopt the other GUIDELINES (or suggested methods) first and
evaluate them for use in your area. If the GUIDELINES don't seem to fit
your local needs, then you should contact other units, leaders, or better
yet your unit commissioner (who you should know well) for suggestions.
Your unit commissioner can also point out possible legal issues, and some
tried and true ways to recruit, retain, and challenge your youth and adult
Remember that you may be exposing yourself to possible personal liability
if you don't follow basic REGULATIONS on such topics as 2 DEEP LEADERSHIP,
appropriate supervision of youth, transportation of youth in your
automobile, and other health and safety issues.
If you don't know what this entails, then educate yourself and others in
your unit as to their responsibilities and duties. Fast Start and Basic
adult training courses can give you some of the fundamentals in this regard.
Resources are there for you!! To support you and to help you carry out
the BSA program as designed. Take advantage of them!
Gina Gestautas, Unit Commissioner, Longhorn Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City