Craig Bond (CraigB1051@AOL.COM)
Mon, 3 Apr 1995 06:27:45 -0400
From: "Norman J. MacLeod": "If what I suspect is valid, what can be done
to shift the programme ownership more fully back to where it really belongs -
with the youth members and their volunteer Leaders? How do we define just who
is working for whom here? The amount of money I pull out of my pocket to
support the Scouting programme tells me that I am helping to pay them to help
us. I do not see a salary moving from the corporate headquarters to MY
pocket! That tends to make me feel as if the professional Scouter in my
District, those at Council, the Council administrative staff, and everyone in
that professional supervisory chain SHOULD be answerable to you, to me, to
all the other volunteer Leaders, and to the youngsters - not the other way
Norm: The relationship is already very well defined and clear. For hiring
and firing, I am responsible to my field director, director of field service
and scout executive.
For membership, finance, program, I am answerable to my volunteers, and not
vice versa. I am answerable to the youth, as well. Collectively, not
individually, however. As I've said here before, if you disagree with the
situation as it exists, find out how it works in real life and positively
propose yourself into the loop. Become part of the solution, not just a
"carping critic, a niggling nabob of negativism", to quote a phrase ;-).
And BTW, the amount of money you pull out of your pocket has *nothing* to do
with it. It is the amount of thinking and creativity you will pull of of
your head and how you propose it.
Almost every professional is a FOS contributor, typically at a
level greater than most active volunteers. Most also reach into
their pockets on a regular basis for dues, BOYS LIFE subscriptions,
books, dues, training supplies, coffee... And without complaining
about it, too.
((Off the track, BTW, if you can find a way to make the clerical and
ranger staffs answerable to anyone (beyond raising their pay above
minimum wage), you'll have made as major a contribution as anyone since James
E West! <Major <G>>
Heck, Norm, I don't even begin to know the in's and out's of BSA
program development. But there are people who do and possibly on
this list. If that's what you want, ask, but don't let's pick on
the DEs who are far removed from that process in the meantime. You may be
surprised and find out that a great deal of the actual
program development is controlled by volunteers.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City