Re: Quality Unit Requirements
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Wed, 20 Nov 1996 14:22:36 -0600
I have not seen the new 1997 Quality Unit requirements.
The Quality Unit Award recognizes units that are providing a good program
for boys. Unit growth should be a part of the requirements, but I am
totally against it being an "asterisk item" that is mandatory for the
award. Membership numbers is a factor in assessing a quality unit, but
not a exclusive one.
As available Webelos fluctuate, so will numbers in troops. Does a unit
that grows from 6 to 7 boys represent a higher quality program than a troop
that drops from 54 to 53 boys.
I have a large troop. Some years our numbers are down, some they are
up. Even in our down years we remain the largest unit in the district. I
don't think natural fluctuations in membership necessarily reflect the
quality of a unit.
Our goals as a troop reflect what we believe to be important. We usually
far exceed most of the requirements in the Quality Unit Award. If we
receive the award it is as a byproduct of what we do. (We have received
it as long as I can remember)
I think the National Office is losing the meaning of the Quality Unit
Award. National would better serve their units by returning to their
former requirements. If they want to promote positive growth, make a
special recognition for that purpose. Keep the Quality Unit Award a
measurement of a quality program. Quality and quantity are two separate
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City