Re: Benefits of Fede...
Wed, 31 Aug 1994 07:38:28 MST
Interesting concept, though not the first to think about doing such a thing.
The key problem as I see it as similar to a small start up firm going up
against the 3 big auto manufacturers, or trying to compete to build the F-16.
Another issue to keep in mind is the great number of options for kids today:
ASO soccer, little league, swim team, PW Football, year round schooling, summer
programs, YMCA basketball, church programs, traditional school sports programs,
etc. In my area kids are doing everything, but nothing too well.
True, BSA is a big business. That is because we live in a capitalist society
and money buys goods and services. Even Apple Computer has turned big business
mentality. It happens to the best of us.
Though there are many that have disagreements with some National Policies, no
matter what they do, not everyone will be satisfied.
The real question is: what needs to be changed to improve service to kids. In
my view, it is the function of BSA to provide expertise, demonstrate dedication
to kids, and provide guidance to our youth. As volunteers, we implement
National's program. Though my experience is that BSA is more flexible than
many realize relative to the needs of any particular sponsored group. Note the
difference between an LDS unit and a Catholic unit. Note the difference
between a military sponsored unit and one sponsored by a private company. The
advancement, uniform and insurance policies are similar, but many other things
I'd be interested to know what specific policies, that directly impact kids,
are of concern.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City