Re: Friends of Scouting - Yes/No
Mark Browning (mbrownin@JCCCNET.JOHNCO.CC.KS.US)
Mon, 25 Sep 1995 12:03:51 --0600
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Correct, but my answer is no, at least to some extent. I favor Baden-
Powell's idea of not allowing the movement to be taken over by professionals
. I'm afraid we have long since past that point, but I am will to join
anyone in trying to reverse the current situation. For a start, I believe a
70-80% reduction in council budgets (and therefore professional staff) would
be healthy for the movement. All the duties the professionals now perform
(minus the fund raising) would be done by volunteers.
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Attaboy! As a former DE, I can look at the Council office from both sides.
What I see now is that the pros in my district spend an inordinate amount of
time raising money to fund themselves. We have three pros in a fairly large
suburban district. The money they raise through FOS easily pays the
employee costs of the Sr. DE and maybe the District Director. And the
combined effort of FOS probably soaks up at least the equivalent of the Sr.
DE's position, so what do we gain? And could we raise a lot of money with
little or no professional intervention? Sure!
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