National Council Mtg Summary
Jim Miller Sr. (JJMSR@AOL.COM)
Wed, 24 May 1995 15:11:13 -0400
Well since no one else has tried it yet here's my version of what I saw,
heard, did in Chicago.
Good meeting. No major surprises as in some past years, just "we're going to
do what we do now even better." That means no startling BIG changes in the
program. GREAT NEWS! Chief Jere Ratcliffe spent most of his time hanging
around the exhibit area talking to JUS' FOLKS. Isn't that refreshing for a
change. Usually Chiefs have been hidden away in back rooms with the bigwigs
and are brought out only for a speech or two.
Big push on endowment development. <brag time> My Scout Executive and I
walked around for three days looking like dayglo parrots in GREEN blazers
with Endowment Excellence patches on the pocket. 10% of the councils got
them for acheivement in endowment development. Expect to hear a lot more
about endowment back home folks.
New "1910 Society" for $25,000 and up givers to local council endowment.
Members will be inducted at a special reception held the night before the
opening of a Rockwell art tour to hit 18 US cities in 1996. All James E.
West fellows will also be invited.
National Endowment Teleconference by satellite October 11, 1995. Prospective
endowment givers will be invited to participate in nationwide hookup.
Now that we all have it done they've changed it. Two new (changed?)
benchmarks - 7 & 8. These have to do with Camp Operation and Assets
Management. Good materials. They're starting to ask some of the right
Watch your local media for this. (Already saw one reference to an AP article
here on scouts-l.) Studied the VALUES OF MEN AND BOYS IN AMERICA. The bad
news - ethics among American men and boys today are not good. Good news -
ethics among scouts and former scouts are better than average. Oh yeah, and
former scouts make more money and are more likely to graduate high school
and/or college too. Doesn't surprise me.
Three studies found that executive pay in BSA is reasonable in comparison to
equivalent jobs in private industry.
Unit Serving Executives
Bad news. Constant decline in the number of Unit Serving Executives (read as
DE's) from 1992 to the present. May be major cause of declining enrollment
in the program.
Expect to see formal training in CULTURAL DIVERSITY for council staff in
Commissioner Training - new publication CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR
COMMISSIONERS catalog # 33615 brings together everything you always wanted to
know about commissioner training but were afraid to ask. Looks interesting.
District Committee Training Workshop - will allow participants to wear
TRAINED patch under District Committee badge of office on uniform. Also
District Committeee will qualify for District Scouter's Training Award - same
award, same knot with miniture First Class Device.
IMPROVING WEBELOS-TO-SCOUT TRANSITION emphasis - look for tracking, joint
roundtables, joint pack/troop activities and more.
Information Services Division
Will be encouraging councils to upgrade to UNIX based HP equipment as soon as
possible. Phasing out the ZENIX equipment used by most smaller councils.
NEW windows based terminal emulator (revelations it is called I believe) to
allow windows based PC's to access council DP system.
Well there's probably a lot I missed, but that's all that this old brain can
remenber of the important stuff.
If you've never been to a National Council meeting and have any interest,
next year may be the year to go. Late May in Hawaii! See ya' there.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City