I disagree, Craig Bond.
J. Hugh Sullivan (sull@MINDSPRING.COM)
Mon, 24 Feb 1997 09:59:01 -0600
I have problems with what Craig Bond wrote:
>Like some 2,000+ other professionals in this country, I start new troops
for a living.
In a nutshell the above explains a problem with BSA - he gets paid for
quantity, not quality. That only dilutes the quality of leadership and,
thus, the Scouting experience. I moved to this area in 1952 and only 3 of
the troops have gone the distance while the weak ones have done what you
wished visiting relatives would have done - come and gone. If quantity is to
be a measure, let it be based on the percentage of youth served and how long
they stayed in the troop - not on the number of troops created which is not
a measure of anything.
>Otherwise, puhleeeaze! There are many valid reasons for starting your
> -- you're dissatisfied with the local troop leaders for some reason
...and the reason for dissatisfaction often is - they make you do all the
requirements and they won't let mamma be the counselor for 2/3rds of your
MBs. Our new troop will fix that.
> -- you have your own agenda to promote
Boy do I agree with that (but not your examples).
> -- there is no local troop
> -- there is no troop serving the youth in your church?
> -- there is no troop serving your ethnic group?
> -- the local troop says its too big and is not accepting new members?
The first and last are good reasons; the middle two say "let's promote
religious animosity and segregation". I can see the headlines from Camporee
now "The Black Troop Beat the White Troop in First Aid Tests and the
Catholic Troop Beat the Protestant Troops in the Kneeling Competition". A
number of southern troops are working hard to blur the lines of ethnicity.
>Blaine, that comment reminds me of the wonderful saying that a
>conservative is someone who believes that nothing should ever be done for
>the first time.
I have 8 retorts to that comment but, like yours, they would not be
constructive. I intend nothing personal toward Craig - he has to earn a
living. It's just that the idea of him being required to promote quantity
over quality hits a tender nerve.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City