Re: QU requirements
Michael Kauffmann (optimist@CRIS.COM)
Sun, 24 Nov 1996 13:26:20 -0500
>Please note that #8 is required, but that the requirement is for an
>**EQUAL** or greater number of youth. This is not saying that the
>troop has to increase in numbers indefinitely, but that membership for
>a quality unit should not decrease from one year to the next.
In addition to my Scouting career, I am also heavily involved in my local
Optimist Club. In order to earn Honor Club (their equivalent to QU), you
must also maintain or increase membership each year. I believe in this
whole-heartily. However, I totally disagree with this being a requirement
for Quality Unit in Scouting.
What's the difference? It's the nature of the beast -- Scouting is cyclic.
You are dealing with youth who are growing and changing their minds about
what's important to them on a daily basis. On the other hand, adults have
pretty much decided what's important to them and if you can't keep them in
your program, you're doing something wrong.
In Scouting, membership stability should be a goal, not a requirement. There
are plenty of other real problems Scouters have to deal with.
Michael Kauffmann firstname.lastname@example.org
Wood Badge 92-35 http://www.cris.com/~optimist/
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