Stephen Hoar (hoar@AGDIS01.NEWARK.AF.MIL)
Fri, 13 Oct 1995 14:16:27 -0400
In your message of 13 Oct 1995 at 1340 EDT, you write:
> In a message dated 95-10-12 09:53:36 EDT, you write:
> >I do not like the direction taken
> >by our district in recent months with the roundtable. It has become a
> >nearly 100% training session with virtually no attention being paid to
> >planning for upcoming council or district events.
> While I agree with most of your post re sharing of information, this
> particular comment bothers me. The MAIN purpose of the roundtable is
> training and the exchange of IDEAS between unit leaders... ll
... Unit leaders
> valuable time should not be spent listening to a bunch of district or council
> scouters hash out the details of these events. They should be selected to
> serve on these committees, but the roundtable should not become a committee
> of the whole to run district events.
Yes, I do agree with you. But, the transition from theory to reality
doesn't often take place. The exchange of ideas is squelched as the
scheduled training event has priority. The reports from the various
planning committees (if they exist) are not able to be presented to
the assembled leaders as it doesn't fit the 'recommended national
agenda'. So the info never gets out on time. If there is a major local
event such as a camporee etc it takes more than a minute or two to
present and answer questions. How do we solve it here? We just
announce that we won't talk about it. Boom! another council event
falls on its face and we are mystified as to why.
A key element is effective leadership is communication. It may be THE
key element in leadership training yet we seldom really practice it.
This whole recent ruckus about PTAs and scouts is a case in point.
THis group is the beginning of an effective internal communication
system for scouting and the Nationals response has not been positive.
I've read enough on this line that I see many other councils with the
As the emphasis in our district roundtable has changed from
information exchange to scheduled training the dropoff in attendance
has been dramatic. Frustrated? You bet I am. As much as I would like
to grab the whole thing and change it my first responsibility, for the
time being, remains the commitment and promise I made to a group of
Tiger Cubs nearly nine years ago. I told them we would all get there
together...and we will. Anyway, enough of all this. THe sun is
bright, the air is crisp and the leaves are changing. Man...I just
gotta go camping tonight!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City