Quality Unit, Is it a gimme?
Michael J Pagelkopf (mjpagel@SPARC.ISL.NET)
Wed, 20 Nov 1996 17:03:33 -0600
Look at the 1996 National Quality Unit Award requirements.
*1 Training - SM complete Fast Start and Scoutmastership Fundamentals.
*2 Two Deep Leadership - One or more SA trained and active and one
responsible for Youth Protection.
3 Planned Program - Conduct annual program planning.
4 Service Project - Conduct service project annually.
5 Advancement - 60% or more of unit scouts will advance a rank or the
unit will have a 10% increase in total rank advancement.
6 Boys' Life - 50% or more of unit members subscribe to Boys' Life or
a 10% increase over last year.
*7 Outdoor Activities - Conduct six highlight activities and attend
8 Membership - Recharter with increase in membership (1996).
9 Patrol Method - Conduct JLT and hold monthly PLC meetings.
*10 On-Time Charter Renewal.
How many are gimme's? How many would you considered to be a _BIG_ part of a
quality program. How many are in the direct control of the unit.
I would suggest that items 1,2,3,4,6,7,9, and 10 are in the hands of the
unit. Maybe the QU is too easy to attain. Or is a unit that continues to
meet and impliment core achievements deserve to be designated a Quality
Unit? How do you set standards for the scouts in your unit. Does
Being realistic, how important is #6 as a quality unit requirement if the
subscription fee for Boys' Life is rolled into the unit membership fee?
Seems like #6 is a gimme. How much more difficult would it be if the unit
was not able to include the Boys' Life fee as part the the unit membership
$$. What if the subscription to Boys' Life was treated like any other
subscription in a household? What if the decision was left to the family,
not the unit? And what if that were the case and the achievement was a
Advancement (#5) hopefully will come from a quality program. Yet,
advancement is out of direct control of the unit. You can encourage, you
can coach, you can reward, you cannot control a scout to advance.
Individual advancement is a scout's own statement of quality, not the
unit's. Advancement does not bring a quality program, a quality program
I think the concept of Quality Unit is good. My perspective and yours and
someone else's are what discussions are made of.. How does one address, in
pinciple, what a Quality Unit is or is not?
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