Vacation Time for Scouting
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Thu, 28 Jul 1994 15:39:09 +100
I really don't know how you guys in US manage with the leave you get ...
- or should I say <don't> get ...
Here in UK most folks get a minimum of four weeks. I'm fortunate that I
get 32 days leave and with flexitime I can stretch it to 40 ... in fact I
usually end up not using it all. But it does mean that next year I
should be able to be on staff for Scout Week at Summer Camp, have three
weeks in the US for a vacation (and hopefully fit in National Camping School)
and still have a few days over.
Even with this level of leave many employers will allow youth leaders
an <extra> week to take their groups to camp. Several major banks do - all
they ask is a letter from your Commissioner to confirm that you actually
attended. The argument was that the service cadets (Army Cadets, Air
Training Corps etc.) officers got paid leave because they are
commissioned in the Resreve Forces. One bright chap tried it on for
Scouts, saying that we were a patriotic organisation serving the youth of
tomorrow etc. and the company bought the argument ! I haven't checked if
the Health Service does this ...
Do any US employers do likewise ? Is this something that Councils could
take up with employers ?
ASM T401 (American School in London)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City