Re: QU - What to do about it
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Thu, 21 Nov 1996 16:49:28 -0600
On Wed, 20 Nov 1996, Jim Miller Jr. wrote:
> I've been thinking about this. First off, I feel that these requirements should
> change every year. If a unit is allowed to earn QU every year by doing the
> exact same thing, their quality is going to degrade through stagnation.
> IMHO, stagnation is the root cause of one of our biggest problems - older
> boy retention.
I agree 100% that stagnation is a major reason we lose older boys. But
changing the QU requirments every year is not going to affect that. It
will mainly confuse leaders.
There is nothing in the QU award that can determine whether a unit is
doing the exact same thing every year.
Making a program fresh and alive is the key to preventing stagnation.
The QU doesn't address that. It would be difficult to define a
requirment that would.
The QU award addresses...
1. Trained Leaders 6. Boys Life
2. Two deep leadership & YP 7. Outdoor Activities
3. Planned Program 8. Membership
4. Service Project 9. Patrol Method
5. Advancement 10. On-Time Charter Renewel
> Finally, I don't think any unit should be getting Quality Unit every year. We
> all have our ups and downs, and nobody should expect this award in a
> down year.
I think it is very possible to provide a quality program every year. How
national defines the term "quality unit" is what I think this thread is
about. You can still offer a quality program even if your boy numbers are
down 1 or 2.
> If this is the year you don't get it, you now have a baseline from
> which to improve so that you can get it next year.
We always have room to improve, making quality unit or not, there's
always a baseline.
> ...one of my problems with the change from Honor Unit to Quality Unit.
> The former implies going above and beyond the minimums, while the latter
> suggest meeting the minimum...
I agree with you 100% there.
> In short, I guess I don't think it needs changing at all and we really don't
> need to do anything about it.
Now I'm confused. I thought you said earlier we need to change the
requirements every year. You were against stagnation. I'm not sure I
understand the conclusion of your post.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City