Re: Off My Chest
John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 09:37:41 -0500
> My Asbestos suit is on.
> I was wondering if any of the unit leaders, especially multiple hatters,
> have ever wondered where some of the District Scouter's heads are?
> I personally feel that some of them are out of touch with reality.
I will admit to being a "blue sky" district type. I work as the district
training chair. The committee and I cover Cub Scout and Boy Scout Leader
Training for 70+ units in the district. We ran 6 CSBLT sessions last year,
I identified 6 problem units with very low trained leader levels whos
are getting special invitations to hold training sessions over the
next two months. Just generated letters for 4 of them, their leaders
realized it has hampered their programs, so they want help now!
We are planning 6-8 CSBLT sessions for this fall.
I have to recruit new training committee members because their two year
commitment is over come this fall. Already have replacements identified.
Think about getting new ideas by getting new people involved in the
I rabble rouse the commissioners
for support in training publicity. I watch membership numbers on a monthly
basis so that I can see problems before they happen. The membership
and recruiting issue is never to far away because it takes everyone
involved in the program process to make contacts. I work with my own
pack leaders as the den leader coash/pack committee chair. The files of
ideas that this list generates can be staggering at times. The activities
chairman has three or four ideas for camporees, that have crossed over
to the other districts. The roundtables get ideas from this forum, my
den members (NE CS-48 Beavers!!) get copies, too. I don't forget to
leave the names attached for the proper credit and thanks.
But let me tell you what it is all about. As a
communications merit badge counselor, I talk to real live boys in the
Scouting program. Just had a SPL, who is doing the skill training
requirement of the Comm MB on Junior Leader training. He was fascinated with
the job descriptions in the Junior Leader Handbook. He got glassy eyed
when I showed him the Scoutmasters Junior Leader Training Package with
all of the job descriptions and video presentation material. I just set up
to visit that troop at summercamp in two weeks. The SM is going to
get a friendly call about training, maybe a prep job on using the
video package, etc. Yes, it is a training issue, but it is also getting
information and using it effectively without upsetting the apple cart.
I spent this weekend helping Webeleos Resident Camp get started. Ever eat
supper with 150 9 and 10 year olds. Yes, they are courteous and
very interested in everything. Here comes the future!
Fascinating process, Scouting. No, I don't need a life outside of Scouting.
There is more than enough work to do, right here.
Yours in Scouting,
Mohegan Council, Worcester, Ma
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City