Planting Apple Seeds
Craig Bond (CraigB1051@AOL.COM)
Mon, 5 Jun 1995 07:32:26 -0400
Jim Sleezer responds, in part, to Mark Wilson:
>On Thu, 1 Jun 1995 13:15:27 EDT Mark Wilson said:
>>. . . . Council decided to advertise that each camp was
>>professionally >run, so they assigned the title of Camp Director
>>to the DEs.
>One of the reasons this is done is to meet national standard which
>requires a director certified by National Camping School. Council
>sends the DE to camp school and certification lasts five years.
>Most day camp directors are not around more than 2-3 years, some
>only one. So, the council saves a bit of money! Unfortunately,
>the national standards do not require that the camp director
>actually direct the camp, only that he/she has the title and the
First, the DE should be the Cub Scout day camp administrator/
"professional adviser" (standard #32, National Camp Standards,
1995) -- and while this is not a mandatory standard, it is the one
I believe most councils follow. On the other hand, the person
actually running the day camp should be another person (NCS #M33),
almost always a volunteer.
The actual standards read: (#32, "The day camp administrator
((professional adviser)) has successfully completed a National
Camping School in Cub Scout Day Camping.") and (#M33, "The on-site
camp director is at least 21 years of age (preferably 25 or older)
and is currently certified by a National Camping School in Cub
Scout Day Camp Management.").
If Mark's wife was certified at the time, the council saves no
money by calling the DE the camp director. Furthermore, the cost
of certification is really quite low compared to the total camp
budget, and is charged against the individual day camp anyway. So
unless there is very poor budget control, the council would not see
any actual savings.
In our council, DEs are certified in day camp management and our
roles generally are background -- I'm a gopher and take care of the
bookwork. My volunteers have run the camp -- management and
program; that's what I pay them the big bucks to do. On occasion,
as in this summer, because of problems outside our control, we will
use my certification and I will hold the title of on-site camp
director insofar as the camp visitation team is concerned. During
most of the day, my camp director will be aquatics director (he's
dual certified), but make no mistake, he's also the camp director
(and an extraordinary individual).
Our exact statement from our brochure is: "This is an all-volunteer
staff. The Camp Director, Program Director and Aquatics Director
are BSA Camp school certified." IMHO, that's a lot more
reassuring than saying the camp is professionally-run.
Which brings me to my second comment, Mark's real issue: "This also
goes to the issue of adult recognition. Often we don't do enough of
it for adults. It doesn't need to be knots per se. (stuff deleted)
the pro in charge at the council level said 'well, it's only a
title.' to which I said 'When you're a volunteer, a title is all
you get.' ... It was a shame that Council didn't recognize the
effort with, as a minimum, the appropriate title.
"There are those who will say we should only do it for the boys.
It's true that the boys are a pivotal part, but peer recognition is
also an important moral boost. I make it a point to have at least
a certificate of appreciation for each person who helps me staff a
program and I arrange time at Roundtable to present them. Knots
serve the same purpose. If giving someone a knot or a plaque or a
certificate will encourage them to continue to give of their time
and resources to support the program then I'm all for it.
"Doing the job well is enough. A word of thanks makes it better.
Recognition is just the icing on the cake."
Truer words are rare spoken. It has galled me for a *very* long
time that (at least in our area) every soccer, baseball,
basketball, and football season, every team has a "team mom" who
collects $5.00 per boy to buy a present for the coach. Not
intentionally knocking coaches, mind you, but their "hour a week"
is over with pretty quick, lasting only a season and often only one
season, and their tangible reward is a very tangible one.
Our council, several years back, developed an "instant recognition
system" for Cub Scout volunteers that has been very popular. We
give beads, different sizes and colors, for attendance at
roundtables, training sessions, staffing same, etc. The beads are
given at the training programs or at roundtables and the
commissioner is in deep trouble if she doesn't bring her bead box
(a fishing tackle box).
Silly, sure. But with words of thanks too rare, and demands on
time and resources too many, I agree with Mark and I'm all for it.
Meanwhile, my friends, thank you all for caring enough about these
kids and enough about this program, to invest all the time you do,
and the energy you do, in these efforts. You are a wonderful bunch
Istrouma Area Council
"Anyone can count the seeds in an apple; only God can count the
apples in a seed." Thought: Aren't you glad you're in an
organization that plants and cultivates seeds?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City