George R. Davis (GRDRV@AOL.COM)
Sun, 11 Feb 1996 21:00:17 -0500
With all this discussion of the place for COR's on district and council
committees & boards, is it just a little possible that the problem has the
same source as almost ALL of our problems, i.e. nobody bothered to train the
individuals (or the individuals couldn't be bothered getting trained)? I
think that is one of the BIGGEST problems in this area - starting with Den
Leaders and going all the way through the other positions. This is one thing
that can't be blamed entirely on National - they put out plenty of training
materials. Some of them may be a little corny ("The Barbecue" fast start for
troop committees comes to mind), but they do have the info.
I keep hearing stuff like "you can't make the leader do that - he/she is ONLY
a volunteer". If the result is losing kids from the program, or premature
leader burnout, what is gained by not requiring training? How many fewer
kids would be in the program if training was required instead of optional.
My guess is that there would be more, because the unit programs would be
better, leaders wouldn't burn out, and they would have better access to all
of the resources. How about the leader who trained 25 years ago and hasn't
been to training since - "I'm trained", "Once trained is always trained".
Even for Quality Unit this is acceptable.
How many councils run a training course for COR's (there is a National course
syllabus) or even get the COR fast start tape to new COR's? My guess is that
the reason that most COR's aren't active in their district and council is
more due to:
1. The COR was selected by the CO for some reason OTHER than what kind of
activity he/she could/would have at district or council level (in many cases
even at unit level!) - IMHO this is the DE's FAULT - it should be a key
part of the initial and annual DE/IH meeting.
2. The COR wasn't trained. This is the District Training Chairman's
Fault. This could also be helped in units with a trained SM if SM training
included some info on what the COR is supposed to do, and what materials are
available to the COR.
3. The COR isn't getting info about meetings.
4. Some COR's are frustrated by whatthey see as a result of other COR's
suffering from 1, 2 and 3.
Under National Bylaws, COR's must have a majority of the seats on the Council
and District Boards. There is nothing in the National Bylaws that requires
all at-large members to be voted in a single "all-or-nothing" vote. If that
is a local council bylaw, then it can be changed by the local board. All it
takes is for all of the COR's to come out for one meeting - they will have
the majority, even if none of the at-large members goes along.
If the problem is 1 or 2 above, it can be handled by people other than who is
supposed to do it (so what else is new?), including unit-level people. If
the problem is 3, then the council/district is probably in violation of their
bylaws. If the problem is 4, it gets fixed when 1, 2 and 3 are taken care
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