Re: Stats, etc.
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Mon, 22 Nov 1993 10:23:03 CDT
Steve Tobin <srtobin@MMM.COM> writes:
(with some deletion only for space):
>I think the only solution, until national wakes up, is renewed dedication
>to the principles that the process is supposed to support. When I got
>started in scouting as an adult I overheard someone make the comment
>"Scouting is too important to entrust to professionals", which I am
>beginning to understand.
I heard that comment too, many times, and until I stepped on the OTHER
side and became a part of the BSA's "professional establishment", I
didn't realize what that statement actually said.
While I would be the first one to say that the BSA *can* (and DOES)
exist without a professional cadre, let me also say that things go a
LOT smoother when you have someone that "volunteered" to "pick up the
slack" of all of us working types. I can see it now, having to go in
and talk with my boss about my work schedule:
Me : Hey boss, I need to take some time off for some Scouting things.
Is that okay?
Boss: Sure, Mike. I know how deep you're involved in that stuff.
What'll we're talking about??
Me: Well, you know that I currently serve as a Commissioner and we're
involved in getting new units organized after our really successful
fall round-up last month.
Boss: *cross look now comes across her face* I remember that. You had
to take vacation time in order to go to five schools and talk with
kids about Scouts. Now I would be the first one to agree that
Me: *holding hand* No. It's nothing like that. I have to talk with a
group of folks at First United Methodist Church about chartering a
Troop this afternoon...and to the Men's Club about chartering a Pack
for the inner city kids on Wednesday.
Boss: *looking at her desk calendar* So you're telling me that you
won't be there for our staff meeting on Wednesday....I don't know,
Mike. Your're going to have to decide which job is important...your
Scouting job, in which you don't get paid, or this one, in which we
pay you well.
Yep, without the profesional to do the day-to-day management,
leadership and advisement to all of us _and_ the youth, there would be
a lot of dedicated Scouters out there without full-time jobs. Face
it, Steve, Scouting *is* a full-time job. What makes it a volunteer
part-time role for many of us is that one (or two) man (or woman)
that spends 50 to 70 hours each work week doing all of our jobs plus
some of his or her own tasks and getting paid for only 35 of them on
You want to do away with the pros?? Personally, while ours here leave
a LOT to be desired (not returning calls, forgetting to bring things
to meetings, generally a young klutz), I cannot see this District
operating without him!!
I won't bore your or everyone else with what a "typical DE or DD does"
because we have some idea (and because I spent the spring of last year
explaining in great detail what the "typical" professional does for
the District or Service Area.
"Scouting is too important to entrust to professionals". And when we
say "I don't really want to do this", whom do you think will get it
done for us anyway??
Mike L. Walton
former Paraprofessional Executive
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