CAN: Groups and GSL's
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Sun, 20 Nov 1994 14:01:56 EST
>Hope that's a definite maybe. There's enough politics involved within
>Scouts Canada already. God forbid we should adopt any BSA policies that
>will contribute to more wrangling over who is in charge of what. Its
>strictly personal opinion, but reading this board for a while now has
>given me the impression that, in a lot of cases, BSA youth take second
>place to anything that has to do with administration, policy or anything
>else the "adults" are involved with.
Actually, one thing the BSA does NOT have is a Group structure, so
they also have no such thing as a Group Scout Leader. I was talking
about other ones. (By the way, about groups: Actually, they must
be sponsored by someone, as I understand it. Some sponsors don't do
much, some do a lot.)
The BSA has a lot more written policies than we do, so I think that
it's easier to lose sight of the goals in such an environment. But
youth in Scouts Canada don't always seem to come first either. (See
Discovery of the Future- well, that's just my personal impression.
I'm sure they were trying to do a good job, but... DOF is the report
on what to do to the Rover section in Scouts Canada)
>New this year in the Rideau Area of National Capital Region is an attempt
>to assign a Service Scouter to a whole Group (Grp Ctte and all Sections
>[Beavers, Cubs, Scouts etc].) The idea is to streamline the Service Team
>and at the same time simplify access to Scouts Canada resources outside a
>Group. It makes sense to have a single reference point for Section Leaders
>looking for help and/or support.
Does this really make sense? One of the worst things that can happen
to a Scout Troop is to have leaders who treat them like Cubs. And
I'm not sure enough people know about all sections, including Rovers.
I think Cub Leaders have more in common with other Cub Leaders than
with Rover Advisors. There's already a single ref point for each
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City