Re: Quality Unit Award
Marc Solomon (msolomon@TEK1.TEKNIQ.COM)
Mon, 19 Jun 1995 15:00:39 -0500
At 12:07 AM 6/19/95 EDT, Mike Hays, Jr. wrote:
>>Anyway, I'm ashamed to wear the award as if I believed
>>it were true. Any thoughts?
>Speaking from the persective of a person who has been in two troops, one
>very good and one VERY bad, I have to agree. Many of the requirements for
>the Quality Unit award have little to do with quality and more to do with
>quantity. Both the troops that I spoke of always recieved the award, but
>only one has a quality program.
>The award needs some serious review. I question any award that is seems
>anyone can get. If the percentages are too high, I have to ask myself, "Is
>the program in this area that good, or is the award that easily earned." I
>would recommend further discussion on this award, and final a proposal to
>our local councils or to national.
The Quality Unit award replaced the Presidents Award some years ago. It was
determined (I was told) that too few units could ever achieve the goals set
by the Presidents Award. It was decided that the requirements for the
Quality Unit award would specify the minimum required of a unit to have a
"quality unit". The award was never suppose to show which units were giving
a "High Quality" program, just those that met the minimum requirements for a
"quality" program. BSA did some research on what was the minimum most units
had that were gicing a "quality" program and that is how they set up the
Quality Unit award.
Others have suggested setting higher requirements for the award, but that
would take away from what the award really means. The award means that the
unit has met the MINIMUM requirements for providing a quality program,
PERIOD. I know of few units that do not meet the minimum requirements.
I was told about a program I think was started in Utah called
"Per-FORM-ance" that is run to evaluate a unit by the "maximum" standards a
unit could achieve. A form for each type of unit (Cub Scout, Boy Scout,
Varsity/Venture, and Explorer) was created and handed out to all units in
the district. At each months roundtable, each unit turned in their
evaluation of how they did for the last month and awards were given out to
the top xx% of the units. I would probably change that to all those that
meet a certain percentage of the maximum total (which I think was 300
points). I'll dig up my copy of these forms and enter one in for everyone
to look at.
On the other hand, Unit Commissioners need to take a closer look at which
units are getting the award. I recently became Unit Commissioner for a unit
that has received the award for the last few years. In talking to the
members of that unit, I was suprised that the minimum requirements had not
been met. In talking to the Committee Chairman, he said the Scoutmaster
turned in the paper work each year and their previous Unit Commissioner
signed off on it. I am going to inform the unit this year, that unless
changes are made soon, I will not be signing off on their award this year!
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