Re: Off My Chest
George Crowl (WILLIAMM@ZIAVMS.ENMU.EDU)
Tue, 27 Jun 1995 14:47:31 -0600
Bob Lovejoy "flamed" about district/council folk being out of
touch with what goes on in the units. Concur that it can happen.
Some thoughts on how to avoid it:
1. Bob did the absolute right thing by referring the matter to
the roundtable. In contrast to the national model of top-down
leadership from the district committee and information/training
at Roundtable, our roundtable contains a significant element of
self-governorship. I.e. the annual district calendar initiated
by the district committee/commissioner staff will be be shown to
the roundtable. Modifications are made when needed. The
roundtables are consulted on how various events are run. We
change as the group's needs change. This applies to both Cub and
Scout roundtables, though Scout tends to be more aggressively
2. Like many districts/councils, we probably overschedule. We
do that to help weak units who need district events to help them
with good program. Remember, it is not necessary for a good unit
to be at all district events, even a majority, if they are
providing a good program for youth.
3. Individuals have the same problem. Our training team is made
up of commissioners, district committee and a lot of unit people.
We offer Scoutmaster Fundamentals three times a year, Cub Basic
training five times a year. We do not expect any person on our
training team to work more than one or two trainings each year,
because they have too much else to do with their other jobs.
Now, we do have 40-50 active Wood Badgers in a district of 37
total units, so we have great training team resources.
4. District commissioner and district executives need to
cultivate the style. More difficult in a large district or with
new people, easier with experience or a smaller district.
Establish the concept, and it can have longevity. We had a
roundtable commissioner in 1971 who believed that the district
proposed and the roundtable disposed. Would you believe it still
____'/____ George Crowl
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