Re: Recruiting leaders
Ian Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sat, 13 May 1995 16:30:56 BST
John Edwards said :
> As for an at home interview, yikes! What's next? A written exam
>Credit Check? Dental review? How fast do you want to scare these people
>away? If a troop asked me for a home interview, the distrust would sudden
>swing the other way -- "I'M volunteering, and YOU want ME to submit to an
>examination? What sort of problems do you people have? What on Earth hav
>I gotten myself into??? SEE YA! I'll go sailing and hang out with my
> There is certainly a need to make sure that an adult leader is
>competent, but you had better find a diplomatic way of performing this
>function. You are not an employer, and simply can't expect volunteers to
>act like employees.
Certainly I would want to talk to the potential Leader about what was
involved. " Hey , why don't I come round to see you some night and we can
chat more ... " or invite them to <my> home. It is not " just an hour a
week " and we must be honest about that.
Here in the UK the prospect would then be checked out - my procedure is to
give the person the form to fill in and be quite up front about it. " We
try to protect our youngsters. Do you mind providing these details for
Headquarters ? Once they have confirmed everything is OK you will be covered
by insurance and so on. " Most parents are only too glad to know that we
check out prospects. I have never had anybody refuse. And NOBODY works with
or near kids until that form WE1 is turned in - be they parent , big
brother, the parish priest's maiden aunt ... NOBODY.
If they apply for an appointment ( Leader , regular Helper , Instructor)
they are asked to provide two references. These are checked by the District
Appointments Secretary. The individual is then invited to an Appointments
Committee, which is a sub-committee of the District Executive Committee.
When I was Chairman it was usually about half an hour or so , and covered
why they wanted to get involved , the commitment involved ( e.g. the Promise
and Religious Policy , training requirememt, will they be expected to buy a
uniform , etc.) and an exchange of information about them and their role and
how the district could help them.
Finally the new Leader would be presented formally with a Leader Warrant at
a unit meeting or some other occasion , by the District Commissioner. He
would make his Promise and would sign the warrant accepting the
Yes, it has to be done diplomatically , but anybody who cares about kids
will understand <why> this is necessary. And if they have nothing to hide
it's not a big issue. IMHO.
Ian N Ford
Asst Group Scout Leader,
25th Greenwich Scout Group
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