change in status of rt staff
Peter Farnham (pfarnham@ASBMB.FASEB.ORG)
Mon, 15 May 1995 12:02:42 EST
This post both summarizes some of the recent posts on this I've
received, both public and private, and raises a couple of new issues
not addressed so far.
SUMMARY--Apparently, the new policy regarding rt staff is being
implemented in some councils, but not all. It is in my council (NCAC)
This means that those of you who told me I was in error are apparently
in councils where the new policy is not in effect at this time. This
clarifies a lot for me, as I was getting conflicting definitive
statements on whether I was right or wrong.
One of you mentioned a new rt staff patch. This is correct. I was
over at the NCAC scout store a few days ago and saw it. It is just
about like the old rt staff patch, except the wreath is missing. I
guess this change signifies our new status as non-commissioners.
According to my own district commissioner, however, I was in error
about our status as district scouters; we are still considered to be
district scouters, and therefore should wear the silver shoulder tabs.
My apologies for the error.
I also believe I noted in my original post on this issue that rt staff
could earn the scouter training knot, but could no longer earn any of
the commissioner awards, like the arrowhead or commissioner's knot.
This is apparently accurate; however, if you have already earned these
honors by virtue of having been on the rt staff, you may still
continue to wear them. If you want to earn them if you haven't so far
you should register as a UC.
NEW ISSUE--Training for rt staff is still a mystery to me on this. I
was told when I originally registered as an rt staffer that to be
considered fully trained, one had to go to commissioner basic, as well
as rt basic. I have been to commish basic, but not rt basic, as it
has not been offered in the council in over a year. Am I to
understand now that only rt basic is required to wear a trained patch
under your rt staff patch, and one does not need commish basic?
I'm not sure I understand the connection between not registering rt
staff properly, and changing their status. How does changing their
status impact on registering them properly? If not being registered
properly is the problem, a better approach would be for national to
insist that all rt staffers need to be registered as such, and not
just show up registered only as a unit scouter.
The group's thoughts on these points would be helpful.
In closing, thanks to Mike Bowman, Bob Sargent, and Mike Holmes for
your especially enlightening responses.
Cub RT staff
GW District, NCAC
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