Peter Farnham (pfarnham@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Fri, 22 Nov 1996 07:18:44 -0500
Couldn't pass up a shot at my 2 pennies' worth. The new requirement
isn't all that tough to manage, imho. You only need to grow by one
scout. And, its'b een an optional requirement for many years.
In my district, about 70 percent of the units earn it each year. Thus,
earning it isn't so much a demonstration that you've got a great program
as *not* earning is a dem;onstration that you've got serious problems.
LAfter all, the requirements are pretty minimal, and if you're not
managing to have two-deep leadership, for example, or getting your SM
trained, or going on some outings including summer camp, or most of the
other requirements aren't geting done, you've got problems.
A amuch tougher awsard in our district to earn is the District
Outstanding Unit award. Only about 25 or so units earned this last year,
out of about 180 in the district. My cub pack earned it the last two
years I was CM, and I'm working on getting my troop up to this level as
well (we're not there yet).
The Outstanding Unit award got started no doubt because QU became so
common that it didn't really serve as a measure of excellence. Making QU
harder to earn, so it means something beyond being ambulatory as a unit
and not much else, is a good think, I believe.
YiS (I used to be a Beaver...)
SM, Troop 113
GW District, NCAC
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