Re: QUALITY.HONOR UNI
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Fri, 21 Oct 1994 21:04:05 +100
In the UK we have something called Minimum Standards.
For a Scout troop they are :
* Minimum of two Leaders , one of whom must hold a warrant ( i.e. as SL
* Training - every Scout should have the opportunity to attend at least
one troop or patrol camp each year.
* At least 25% of Scouts should gain a Progress Award ( = rank)
A unit that fails to make the standard for two successive years <may> be
closed ; if it fails for a third year it <must> be closed.
Personally I think that the MINIMUM standards need to be a lot higher,i.e.
at least 12 Scouts, perhaps a measure of length of service ( e.g. 50% of
Scouts with more than a year in the Section) , at least 80% earning either
a progressive award or a proficiency (merit) badge during the year, a target
for <actual> camping / outdoor activities, uniform , leader training etc., and
perhaps a target for 25% of eligible boys " going up " from the Pack and
staying three months.
And I would enforce closure unless there were exceptional circumstances,
and in any case for a unit that had been below standard for three of the
last five years , in order to avoid the situation where a troop fails two
years, scrapes on year three then goes to pot again.
I'm wearing my UK Scouting " hat " at the moment , but I don't think
those standards would not be unreasonable for a BSA troop if you were to
add a requirement to have an operational troop committee and maybe a reference
to YPG training.
Except for particular circumstances ( e.g. remote rural units , units in
closed communities such as boarding or special needs schools, military
bases etc. and maybe new units in deprived urban areas ) I think that any
unit that cannot deliver the above deserves to be closed. I have seen too
many that go along with five kids and no program for years and which are
a disgrace to Scouting.
Ian N Ford
Asst Group Scout Leader
25th Greenwich Scout Group
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