Olan Watkins (lwggaian@SIERRA.NET)
Fri, 12 May 1995 23:30:05 -0700
John L. Edwards relied:
<There is something very special about the word "volunteer."
<It is critical that everyone start understanding that.
I couldn't agree with you more. All organizations such as BSA that rely on
volunteers for their workforce, need to realize how important these people
are. As much as we would like our volunteers to be trained we can "tell" them
they have to. Once we start making them feel as though they were working at
a "paying" job is the day many of them start to walk.
The best we can hope to do is impress upon the volunteers that the job they
are doing is important and they should strive to do the best job they can. Of
course, that means lots of training, but to make it mandatory would only
chance many people away.
<INSTEAD, go out on a limb! Spend the time developing the
<communications and relationships necessary for both you and your volunteer
<to come to an agreement about what is needed for BOTH OF YOU to excel at
<what you are doing. This has nothing to do with training, nothing to do
<with Boy Scouts; it's basic leadership. Without it, your troop will fail --
<I don't care how trained you are.
For the most part I have been successful in getting the adult leaders in my
troop and pack to training by just sitting them down and explaining to them
how important it would be to the boys if they would attend the training
courses. If you use a little common sense talk and a little pleading you can
get them to training. Using the techniques you describe has gotten our Pack
100% trained leaders.
<Sorry about the surly attitude, but I'm finding this line of
<discussion a bit looney-tunes. C'mon folks, look for problems, not symptoms!
Sometimes you've just got to be a little surly. I'll back what you said and
how you said it completely.
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