Grammar and Training
Craig Bond (craig00@INU.NET)
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 06:22:51 -0800
Marie, Russ, et al..
My own favorite is "sponsor" versus "chartered institution" or "charter
partner". We don't have sponsors in BSA anymore; haven't for at least
seven years I've been a DE. We charter, issue charters, are chartered by
or to, have charter partners, seek chartering institutions, and applaud
However, perhaps we should move that thought and the Explorer/coed issue
to Grammar-L. :^) Program and individuals notwithstanding, none of us is
good enough, paricularly if we're typing on-line with an ISP-provided
timer or with line charges accumulating, to be perfect in our grammar. I
found it best if I pretend I'm at a play and suspend belief in the subtle
nuances of the language while reading e-mail. A former Technical Editor
for IBM, it would otherwise drive me crazy.
On the more substantive issue of training awards and usage of tenure.
National has made it fairly clear, yet it appears that people are still
trying to circumvent the policy. Tenure is intended to be interpreted as
the time you have spent actually registered in a specific position in a
specific unit. That you are doing two or more jobs in a given pack is
recognized as a failure (not necessarily yours) to recruit sufficient
resources to allow you to concentrate on one position.
Lagging changes in registered positions should not punish you, on the
other hand. If I finish my work as a DL today and don't get the
paperwork completed to change my registration to WL for six months, I can
still claim that six months toward WL award -- but not the DL award, too!
BTW, I shouldn't allow that long a delay since it means I'll miss
Webelos Program Helps in Scouting magazine, possible special district or
council mailings, etc.
>From time to time, people are dual registered, or "multipled", in more
than one unit, sometimes even more than one Cub Scout Pack. This is a
rare situation where each registration should count as tenure toward an
award, maybe different awards or even the same award. In my district, I
have, for example, a man who is now registered as Webelos Den Leader in
Pack 413 and Scoutmaster of Troop 413, both chartered <G> to a local
organization. He is also CM, SM, and EA for Pack, Troop, and Team 417,
in a special arrangement we've developed with the local Boys & Girls
Club, where he happens to have been a paid staff member even before we
started this program. Each a legitimate position. Now there's a tenure
challenge for you!
Craig Bond, SrDE
....who was once a Bear (well, still sometimes is...)
"Only those who dare to fail greatly
can ever achieve greatly."
-- Robert Kennedy
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