Re: Tough Questions
Patrick G Skelly (scoutldr@AOL.COM)
Mon, 28 Feb 1994 22:12:33 EST
These are thoughts primarily responding to Norm, rather than Frank. For what
it may be worth, I have had the pleasure of participating in the
International Program seminar at Philmont, lived in three other countries,
and traveled extensively.
Frank is now filling two positions: Institutional Head (IH) by default as
Pastor, and Chartered Organization Representative (CR) as appointed by the
IH. The CR is not permitted, under BSA rules, to hold the position of a unit
leader - Cubmaster (CM) in this case - though he/she can be an assistant unit
leader. Thus Frank is only "acting" as Cubmaster.
I'm sorry, but there is no point in asking a man who is right now fighting
for survival under American rules to go buy a Canadian or British manual.
Norm, ask your own Council to adopt, validate, AND ENDORSE those 'programmes'
of other Scouting Associations. Sell your own Council, face-to-face, and
only then come to sell me in cyberspace. We must follow the BSA norms and
programs first, and ENHANCE our activities - but not our structure - with
novel ideas from other Associations and youth groups second.
The concept of Scout Groups can and should remind us that a single committee
may serve all units within one Chartered Organization, from Tigers through
Explorers. But that organization still has the sole responsibility in this
country to integrate Scouting within its own youth/family program, to provide
facilities and leadership for the units, and to speak on behalf of the
organization to district and council. These cannot be passed down to another
organization, 'Scout Group' or whatever. The Annual Charter Agreement helps
us to appreciate this distinction.
I would only fault Frank on one thing he said: "Lord knows I don't have time
to be the chaplain to the Pack." That is the only job the Lord will make
time for. It is the one BSA adult position that is open to self-definition
by the sponsor, unit, and incumbent.
Afterthought: The comment just above reminds me of an exchange during the
Scouting OnLine Thinking Day celebration here (America Online) ...
Buddy : A child is the only thing God can use to make an adult.
Susan : Lord help us all
Buddy : When He gave us children, He did.
Yours in Scouting,
- Pat Skelly, "Scout_Ldr"@AOL.com"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City