New "1 hr/wk" job...
Pat Rodgers (ScareDKat@AOL.COM)
Mon, 15 May 1995 10:42:34 -0400
I've got a burning question for you seasoned Scouters...I've been "offered" a
new position in our district, and I'd like some information. Sorry in
advance for a semi-long post...
First a little history, I think.... Three years ago, when my son joined our
local BSA troop, there was considerable difficulty getting people to volunteer
to work with the boys....so I did. Took a while for the Scoutmaster to let
me do anything except SME (I'm "just a woman", ya know!), but I kept plugging
along, and outlasted him. When he stepped down and one of my fellow assts
stepped up, I got to *really* get involved...and did I have a ball! I went
on every campout except the first Polar Bear (cold feet, dontcha know...) for
the first year and a half. I finally found my way to Roundtables, since the
new Scoutmaster didn't care to go, and learned about training programs. I
signed myself up for the SMF course, went to Show-and-Do, hit every cracker
barrel at every campout we went to (so I'd get to know a few people), went to
summer camp with the troop and certified for BSA lifeguard, and generally
took advantage of every opportunity I could find.
Last fall I participated in Wood Badge course C-31-94 at Camp Gerber in SW
Michigan, and now I used to be an Eagle....working diligently on my
ticket....responded to an urgent need for Unit Commissioners in the district,
attended Commissioner College last September, and fortunately have had to fiel
d few problems in the past year....participated in a day-long JLT for several
troops combined...and was recruited as part of the adult staff for a
week-long Green Bar Brigade (JLT) for this summer. (Which is an absolute blas
t!!!) Besides all of which, I remain very active in our troop, working on
instituting (or reinstituting, depending on who you talk to) patrol method
and program planning by the troop, and helping newer Scouts with their
And now the new stuff.... District offices came open, as people moved out
and/or up. I think it's a turrible shame that none of the very experienced
commishes in our district raised their hands for the post of District
Commissioner, and I purposely didn't volunteer because I felt for once I
should practice saying, "NO!", particularly since I don't feel qualified.
However, no one else has offered for this post....and I was "volunteered"....
seconded by the outgoing Distr Commish, who BTW is my ticket counselor....
And NOW for the question...my dear ticket counselor's the very man who's used
the "only an hour a week" line on me often in the past. While I'm going to
meet with him to discuss the duties of this new post, I'd like to hear from
some of y'all....just what does a District Commissioner DO??? For
instance...will I still have time to ASM our troop?
And another note....the LDS discussion going on here of late has been
enormously helpful, as I've accepted an LDS troop as part of my UC duties,
and no one was able to tell me what the differences and similarities were.
And the SMF discussions were timely... And I've been collecting the recipes
y'all have been sending out.... Thanks heaps!!!
Pat Rodgers, ASM, Troop 98, West MI Shores Council
"I used to be an eagle..." C-31-94
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City