Wagner's "Ring" Operas
Craig Bond (CraigB1051@AOL.COM)
Sun, 5 Mar 1995 00:28:49 -0500
<From: Russel Madere; Subject, Future registrations..."Sounds like
typical BS from the BSA." Russel, Russel, Russel. That's no way
for a good Scouter to talk.
I don't believe for a moment that this report on limiting is any
but a local anomaly, probably an over-reaction to an incorrect
report. Remember the first law of organizational theory: Nothing
is ever as good or as bad as first reported.
Let me say that the Diocese of Baton Rouge *has* issued a special
directive that all leaders registered in units chartered to its
churches, schools, etc., be fingerprinted. Since the cost must be
borne by the individual or the unit (this is an unfunded mandate,
you might say), there will be significant pressure on them to
register no more than the minimum. I doubt you'll find a
professional who does not share your opinion that this could pose
a significant threat to the organization, the unregistered leaders,
and the youth.
What is "typical BS" anyway? Would you be willing to share another
example? Will it be more accurately aimed?
"When you serve as a multiple you wear the shoulder loops of the
position that you have PAID for."
Well, actually, according to my copy of the BSA Insignia Guide (No.
3064, p. 9), "Wear the color for the position in which you are
*functioning*." Emphasis added. Not everyone agrees with that,
BTW. But that's what the book says.
On this, incidentally, knots, training and otherwise, are optional
wear. Only the flag, council and position patches are actually
required. If the Chief Scout Executive chooses not to wear other
patches to which he is entitled, that is his decision. Many
professionals do not earn all of the knots to which they are
entitled: some only the Eagle, not AOL, youth religious... Others
of us do: on all of mine, I wear my DAM (and would certainly wear
Eagle and religious if I could), but I don't have my CM, DL, WL or
Cub Scouter knots on all of them. My personal choice. I don't
have the Darth Vader (black on white, Professional Training Award),
can't earn many more and don't hunt them; it hurts me to see those
who do. I do hunt them for my volunteers; they earn them, they
should get them whether or not they choose to wear them. I have
never seen CSE Ratcliffe or Ben Love looking like he had an un-
ironed shirt on and am personally rather pleased to believe that
they present the uniform well. I would assume that there is not an
OA lodge at the National Council (we have so few youth employees
there and this is a youth organization <G>), so they would not be
eligible to wear a lodge flap, would they?
P. 6 in the same book says, "Boy Scout neckerchiefs are optional.
The troop decides by vote, and all members abide by decision. If
not worn, then shirt is worn with open collar."
SUBJECT: Registration Question(s)
Bob Condon asks: "We have several boys who are now over 18.
I assume they need to fill out an adult registration form
to continue working with the troop?" Yes, Bob, they do.
And, "Do merit badge counselors pay or do we give them free
registration fee?" And, "If the merit badge counselor is a
registered scouter, do they need to fill out AN ADDTIONAL
registration form to be a merit badge counselor?"
Bob, a merit badge counselor registered is following a training
sessions (Merit Badge Counselor Orientation). This registration is
*free* and is in addition to any other registration the counselor
may have; a counselor not otherwise registered is still not charged
for this registration (which, as has correctly been noted
elsewhere, is coded 42 on the registration form). It is a district
or council registration (the difference depends on how your council
chooses to register these people. In my district, we register the
people in our relatively remote district if for no other reason
than that it is thus easier for us to keep in contact with them).
However, it is still the responsibility of the Council Advancement
Committee to train and register MB counselors, regardless of how
they have chosen to delegate the procedures.
SUBJECT: Volunteer to Professional
Ed Henderson <BigEdBSA@AOL.COM> says, "I would just become a
professional scouter but rumor has it they don't have as much fun
as us "volunteers" :)." Oh, Ed, there are days....and then there
As someone once said of a Wagner opera, it has its wonderful
moments and its awful quarter hours.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City