Re: "Policy changes" by LDS Units
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 22 Sep 1994 07:32:56 -0400
On Wed, 21 Sep 1994, Richard Russell wrote:
> I liked your post. My spin on the problem in LDS units of poor committee
> function has more to do with ignorance and organizational structure than
> the non-availability of good people. Let me explain.
> That is the ignorance part. The organizational flaw has to do with how a
> committee is supposed to function and what happens in an LDS ward. In any
> other sponsor, they start with the committee and the committee "hires"
> (calls in LDS lingo) or appoints/recruits the unit leader (SM, etc.) From
> then on, the committee supports and oversees the work of the adult unit
> leaders. In an LDS ward, the SM is called by the bishopric and then they
> "organize" a committee to "help." The committee is too far removed from
> their actual responsibility. If I were bishop, I would make the bishopric
> members the automatic committee chairmen of their respective age group
> Scout units. Then we would restore the proper organizational function for
> BSA operation.
Excellent idea! Another difficulty to overcome is the parental attitude
that the SM is to do all the work. Our parents look at the scout program
as a babysitting service.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City