Jeffry B. Davis (jkaadavis@JUNO.COM)
Sat, 22 Feb 1997 18:21:05 EST
While it is true that some people seem to think that they can do
what they want with a troop, I think the vast majority of Scouters are
very good people and do a wonderful job.
You find the kinds of people you are talking about in every
profession and every volunteer groups in the country and I think some of
the worst are involved with the youth sports programs but that's another
soap box I will not get up on for now.
As far are doing competency testing, you would be running off a
number of good people just to get at a couple of bad ones and with a
volunteer organization, making something like that mandatory would be
difficult to say the least.
The people that you are talking about need a good strong
commissioner to help those units. The commissioner service in most
districts is vastly understaffed and under used. There are many problem
with many units that could have been solved before they became mountains
if the commissioner for that unit was doing his/her job.
My husband is the Ranger at our council camp-Camp Mitigwa so we
get to meet almost all of the leaders either through summer camp or
during winter camp. We see over 75% of our council troops in camp over
the summer and a few from other council so I think we see the whole
spectrum of leader types.
Broken Arrow District Committee
Cub Scout Basic Leader Training Team
Cub Scout Woodbadge - I used to be an Owl
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City