Re: Council Comm. conflicts
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 26 Jul 1994 23:36:19 -0400
First, be happy that your Council is putting together a directory and is
going to distribute it. You're ahead of the game already. I wish I could
say we had such a directory or even knew the specialty of every Post in
Council. Right now we have some Exploring run by Districts and other
areas run by Council. We've been building for a year and hope to do what
your already doing in a year or so. That is to say it could be a lot worse.
Second, look at it in perspective. Most kids are going to give the
booklet the fling within 24 hours or at best bury it in the disaster area
their parents used to call a bedroom. Those who see it as a resource are
probably bright enough to figure out what parts are useful - hey come on -
give these folks a little credit.
Third, you can embarass the guy and win the battle, but what about the
future? This is an item between you two and doesn't need an audience.
Last, if it really just sticks in your craw, talk-it out, ask for his
reasoning in detail to understand (listen hard), ask if he has any input
from the Explorer Officer's Association. Try to get him to realize the
program is about youth leadership and run by youth, not adults. These
folks in the EOA will tell you pretty quickly what the teen take on the
question is and that should give you an answer. They also can do much of
the information gathering. This method take you out of win/lose loop and
allows him a way to back off, if he wants.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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