QUALITY UNIT (LONG)
Michael J Pagelkopf (mjpagel@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Wed, 20 Nov 1996 14:44:47 -0600
A unit (I am speaking of the troop) that acheivesThe National Quality Unit
Award has done so with the report of achievement for the _past_ charter
year. The reporting form also asks for a commitment for the coming charter
year. The commitment is intended to give the unit a means to track the
Quality Unit program.
The 1996 National Qualtiy Unit Award (for achievement in 1995) had 10 items.
A unit had to achieve six of the 10 to qualify. Of the 10 items 1., 2., 7.,
and 10. were required. Of the six remaining items the unit needed to achieve
In 1996 the four required items were:
2. Two-Deep Leadership
7. Outdoor Activities
10. On-Time Charter Renewal
Item (8), an optional item, was Membership. The requirement reads as follows:
"We will recharter with an increase in youth registered over a year ago."
In 1996 this requirement would (or could) have been checked for the coming
year to attain. As an optional item it was a choice by the unit.
The 1997 National Quality Unit Award (for 1996 achievement) has 10 items. A
unit still needs to achieve six of the 10 to qualify as a National Quality
Unit. However there are now five required items and one optional.
Item (8) Membership has been added as a requirement. The requirement reads
"We will renew our charter with an equal or greater number of youth
registered over a year ago."
While the requirement has been changed to include the word "equal" the
question in my first posting remains. Why would BSA to change the
requirements of this award without notification to units at the start of the
Today I called National and talked with (name withheld on account I don't
wnat to get in trouble with National). He informed me that the recharter
change was communitcated to council executives in August. I shared with him
the communication that has taken place on SCOUTS-L. It took time before he
begain to understand the frustration and perhaps anger this change has
created. Initially his message was that the notification in August or
September provided ample time for units to response to the question of
membership. The issue of changing the rules toward the end of the game did
not seem to be a concern.
If this change is a concern to your unit I strongly suggest that you express
your thoughts and _feelings_. To your council office.
Hey, we got the knee socks back!
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