Is your Troop the Council 911 ??
Ed Henderson (BigEdBSA@AOL.COM)
Sun, 9 Apr 1995 03:48:33 -0400
Being Scoutmaster of the troop that happens to be the shortest distance to
the scout office I guess has its good points & bad points. I have come to
wonder however what I can do about a situation that is occuring more and more
Almost once a month now I am getting calls from our council's field director,
my DE, and even other DE's about last minute thngs they want my troop to do.
First it was a Chamber of Commerce Blood Drive 2 days after Christmas, they
had 400 posters and called me two days before christmas to see if we could
put them up (we did and had a great time, but we were not having any meetings
that time of month, a lot of kids had family over, and since I am such a
shopping procrastinator, I had planned to hit the malls, instead I spent two
hours calling everyone and then myself, and three assistants spent half a day
Christmas eve driving everyone around to put the things up.
This past Friday ( 4-7-95) at 4:40pm on my way to Summer Camp for the Spring
Ordeal (our lodge is hosting a Section Conclave in two weeks) with six lodge
members in my van I was waylaid by my Field Director who was in a state of
panic over some Chamber of Commerce Banquet that was to go on the next day,
he said he needed twenty scouts in uniform to park cars and could I do it.
(Never mind that I had most of the leadership corps in my van, one other
leader was going to Red Cross First Aid Instructor Training, yet another to
Scoutkleader Outdoor Training...<<hey we are a busy council & troop>>.
I don't know about other councils but my FD is a very persistent person and
he was half out of his mind desperate so I agreed, made calls on the cellular
phone all the way down to camp, rounded up another 10 scouts and two more
leaders (including the one who had been at 8 hours of First Aid Training) and
we did it.
Now, yes we did our good turn and are always pleased to do so, BUT.... I had
no time for a tour permit, it was not in my troop's monthly calendar, my PLC
did not have a chance to vote on it, and it was at least the 6t time in the
past 12 months that my council has done something like this, on events that
they knew, or should have known about months in advance.
I wonder...does any other leader have this problem....how do we maintain good
relations with the professional staff and remain true to the Scout Slogan
while at the same time setting some boundries if for no other reason than to
maintain good standards of Safe Scouting?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City