Re: Dropped Scouts?
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 20 Jun 1995 02:15:46 -0400
You do present an interesting problem. The next question that pops into
mind is: How can the foundation make an accurate assessment of whether
Scouting helps, when it arbitrarily hamstrings the process. Sounds to me
like the local Scout Executive and Commissioner should be asked to have a
sit down discussion with the foundation about how Scouting works and see
whether the foundation can alter its rules to let the Troop work like a
real Troop. To get an accurate assessment they need to have a Troop with
boys of more than grade level; e.g. older boys in leadership roles. Its
nice that they want to donate money, but it would be better for the boys
if they had more of a say in the matter.
Second question is: Has BSA approved of this arrangement? If somebody is
trying to evaluate BSA's program, you can bet that BSA is interested in
making sure that it is a fair shake. Again it sounds like a call to the
Scout Executive is necessary. This is in my opinion far above the head of
the local DE, although he/she should be advised as a courtesy.
It also sounds like the foundation does not understand the program and
needs education on how it works and why.
Don't jump the ship just yet. Where would the Scouts be without caring
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City