Re: Unit Committees in Other Countries?
Fri, 13 Dec 1996 12:23:19 +0100
Thomas Turba wrote:
> From my travels to other countries, I know that it is common to have a
> unit structure that covers both younger and older boys, or boys and
> girls, and possibly even Rovers. What I would like to know is how a
> committee of such a joint unit is run?
I'm a leader of a typical Scouting Group in Holland.
** This might seem strange but with us the words Group and Unit have just
** the other meaning than yours!
Our "Group" consists of seperate units for Beavers, Cubscouts, Brownies, Boy
Scouts, Girl Guides, Explorers and Pioneers.
Each unit is responsible for it's own program and activities. Once a month
all leaders (at least one from each unit) meet in the Group-meeting. Then
decisions that are made on topics that are of interest to all units.
For instance on joined meetings.
> Is there one unit treasure?
There's a seperate committee that own's our scouting home, most of the
scouting property (which is shared by all unit's) and takes care of
Each unit receives a fixed amount of money from the treasury.
> What things are done together?
Our Group has many joined activities: Carnaval (traditional holiday),
National Scouting Day, jumble sale, Opening of new Scoutingyear, Fly-Over
ceremony (oldest kids go to the next unit) and Christmas.
Also some activities are organized by two units (eg Boy Scouts and Girl
Scouts) or by our District.
> Is fund raising done together?
Yes, most fund raising is.
> Are there joint campouts or picnics?
Yes, usually one joined campout each year. The units have seperate campouts
> Is there one person that tracks advancement for both groups?
No, we don't have anyone that does specially do this. Over here the kids
can earn badges too, but it's not nearly as important. We don't have ranks
you can reach.
> Any advice or reference you have would be appreciated.
The most important thing is that there's good communication between the
leaders of the seperate units!
We're all good friends, that clearly helps...
John Bill Tro.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City