Re: Webelos to Scouts Transition
Gregg Carlen (gcarlen@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Sun, 4 Jun 1995 10:31:42 -0400
Kevin Woods wrote:
> IMHO - "National" whoever they are...Needs to wake up and smell the roses!
> The Arrow of Light like any of the religious awards or any other award is
> presented for requirements EARNED as a Cub Scout. To use the Boy Scout
> program as a lynch pin is tantamount to Blackmail. If I told you you had
> to pay $1.00 (transfer fee) for an award, what would you suit and tie
> people think of that?
I find your enthusiasm for scouting most admirable. However, I feel the
need to address a few items that need attention.
The above paragraph mentions `National...Whoever they are' tells me that
more education needs to be made regarding our structure in the Boy Scouts
of America. National is comprised of thousands of volunteers just like
you. Many people do not realize that of the approximately 50
professionals at the National Office in Texas, NON of the them make
decisions arbitrarily. ALL decisions regarding specific program, finance,
unit service and training are decided by volunteer committee. Thousands
of volunteers spend countless hours flying to and from Texas, regional
meetings, sending correspondance and personal time for the purpose of one
goal...to make scouting in our country better!
Refering to suit and tie people...is this trying to refer to professionals
that work at the National Office or just people who hold professional jobs
in our communities. THere are people at the National Office that I have
never seen were a suit and tie (not that they don't from time to time).
On the other hand, there are volunteers in my district that I have never
seen without a suit and tie on. Hmmm, this is confusing.
As a professional in a local local council and a volunteer as an ASM, I
ask people posting on SCOUTS-L that we are specific with our critizism.
It can only be constructive if we identify the specific problem and
address it to the people that make the decisions. References to National
or Professionals in general accomlish nothing but ill will. There is a
phrase that says `Here a good thing, tell a friend....Here a bad thing,
Yes, comments that make generalizations without solutions peeve me. I'm
only human. I hope I haven't come accross distastefully. The BSA needs
more support from people like Kevin who are willing to speak up for what
they feel is right.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City