Lord Baden-Powell University
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Mon, 20 Mar 1995 11:11:25 -0600
This last weekend I attended Lord Baden-Powell University in Williams Bay,
WI. It was the first time I have attended this program and I AM THRILLED
with what occurred there. The University is sponsered by seven local
councils in the same area. Participating in the program were over two
hundred sixty Scouters from twenty three different councils. These councils
are located in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, Michigan, and I
forget where else.
It was wonderful to see so many Scouters going for advanced training.
Myself, I received a Bachelor's degree in Commissioner's Science. Being new
as a Unit Commissioner, I did not have, until this past weekend, an
understanding of how important my role as Unit Commissioner is.
The instructors were, for the most part, wonderful. Even those who had some
dry topics (i.e., organizational structure of BSA) made them fasinating.
Two topics in particular were very intriguing to me. These were Quality
Units and Unit Rechartering.
The Quality Unit sessions (it was divided into two sessions) discussed how
the requirements for Quality Unit were decided upon and how they were an
improvement over what they replaced. The instructors followed this with a
more complete method of quantifying a Unit's quality called Per-FORM-ance.
If I get enough requests about it, I will post the forms for the forms for
it at a later date (there one form each for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and
The Unit Rechartering session I expected to be very dry. Instead the two
instructors presented a 150 day rechartering plan that I found to be very
well thought out. The plan presumes all units in a district will recharter
in the same month (something our Council already does). For larger
districts they suggest that this be broken down in some manner over two
months instead (i.e., all Packs one month and all Troops the next). 150
days before the Unit rechartering is to be done, the Council Commissioner
holds training for all the District Commissioners. 120 days before, the
District Commissioner holds training for all the Unit Commissioners. 90
days before, the District holds training for all Unit Leaders and/or
Committee Chairmans. 60 days before, Rechartering Packets are delivered.
45 days before, Unit Commissioners meet with the person in charge of
rechartering in each unit they are commissioner of. 15 days before,
Rechartering turn in night is held.
This is where I see the change is well thought out. Presently, in my
district, when a unit shows up at hte turn in night, their unit commissioner
or another commssioner if theirs is busy, handles going over all the details
of the rechartering process with the person who brought in the rechartering
packet. In this new method, the person receives a checklist of stations
they need to go to in order to complete the process. Each station handles
one facet of the rechartering procedure. One station handles Quality Unit
paperwork. Another handles counting of adult members, multiple adult
registrations, and minimum adult requirements. Another does the same for
the boys. This way, the person or people handling each station only need to
be concerned with their portion of the rechartering process. They become an
expert on that portion.
For the first time this year, I was involved with the recharteing process.
I found it very difficult to keep all the procedures for rechartering in my
head and was constantly referring back to my notes about the different
sections. It would have been so much easier if I only had to be concerned
with one portion of the process. I also feel that less mistakes would be
made using this procedure than the one my ditrict used this year.
I will be pursuing this with my District Commissioner over the next few
months. I mentioned it to her briefly yesterday, and she was very interested
in hearing more about it.
If anybody else would like to know more about it, I will type it up and get
the information onto the 'net.
I know that this is a long post, but I am very enthused by what I learned
this weekend. Let me finish by saying 'Hi' to those on Scouts-L who I met
at the University. There were five of us (that I know of) who attended. It
was nice to finally put faces to the names!
| Marc W. Solomon | Unit Commissioner |
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