Re: Rovering - How much leadership is normal?
Robert Craig (rcraig@LIBRARY.CARLETON.CA)
Wed, 27 Jul 1994 09:43:27 EDT
Hi Marc! And everyone else!
> I am looking for your input on the question when does Leadership to the
> younger sections becomes to much, and starts to interfere with crew
> responsibilities and personal development.
I don't know if I can answer being extemely biased....although I currently
do not work with youth sections, I am a Rover but hold other duties in
Scouting. A majority of my responsibilities and development in Rovering
has come through my "Service" to other sections/groups of Scouting. I think
being too involved in a youth section, happens to a lot of adult leaders
(ie ignoring family affairs, etc.) and in theory, the answer lies within
Self-examination. Once in a while, I re-read the questions B-P recommended
for the Vigil (not the OA vigil, the ROVER vigil). There are times when one
needs to step back and reflect...but that really IMO, can only occur when the
person (in this case, ROVER) realizes it. As you know Marc, there have been
times for me.....
> I know that our membership levels in Quebec are lower than they should
> because many Rovers do not register as Rovers, but only as Scouters for their
There is nothing that should be stopping them from registring in both capacities
The new version of ScoutWorks has that provision in for allowing a person to
register in two different areas (whether it be a youth membership and leader
membership, or two different leader memberships) without the "demand" for two
registration fees. If Rovers are truly "committed", they should be ensuring
this occurs. I spent many times on the phone to our Regional Field Executive
(Paid staff person of Scouts Canada) to ensure that I was registered as both!
> Can the Rover start to forget that he is a Rover performing leadership
> as a service activity and as a personnal development activity? Can the Rover
> start to get to much involved in the section?
> This brings to question if Rovers can wear adult training recognition, WoodBad
> and hold a warrant.
I feel the earning of a woodbadge by a Rover is a sign of their committment to
personal development and service. I proudly wear my beads and scarf as a
sign of the development I did taking the course and the committment I have to
serving others in the Scouting communnity!
> Yours in Rovering,
> Quebec Rover Council Vice-Chair
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