Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 12 Oct 1995 03:20:10 -0400
Your District Chairman and District Commissioner would likely freak if
they visited our roundtable from the sound of things. We had about 120
at the Cub Scout Roundtable, about 50-70 at Boy Scout Roundtable and
another 20 or so milling about in the sign-up/exhibits area (a few more
than you thought Paul). We also had about 20 at the unit commissioners
meeting held at the same site. And yet we still need to reach out and be
more effective with more Scouters! We haven't had youth involvement in
these roundtables yet, but maybe its time to reconsider.
I have to agree with Paul that it sounds like the gang of three in your
area has gotten used to a social gathering and has forgotten they are
there to serve and promote Scouting. Perhaps it is time that your
District Committee vote in new talent and take a more active role in
making sure the District's Scouters are served.
There is nothing conceptually wrong with having SPLs and JASMs invited to
Roundtables to get critical planning information to take back to their
PLC meetings. This is what Scouting is about - teaching them how to
exercise leadership. For those areas that are adult focus, I can agree
with the idea that there may be some areas where adult-only may be
appropriate and in such cases would recommend a break-out session to
handle it with SPLs and JASMs having a separate program at that point,
maybe some training or open discussion on how to better run PLCs, plan,
help younger Scouts with advancement, service projects, etc.
If the two old birds don't want to serve Scouts - that's why were here -
then maybe they need to be shown the door. On the way out give 'em some
discount coupons for the local coffee and donut shop where they can
happily relive their adventures, while the rest of the group gets on with
making sure that Scouting keeps the promise of adventure and quality
program for the youth in your area.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
DDC-Training, GW Dist. Nat Capital Area Council mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
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