Council Service Center
JASON CRUSE (jcruse@DU.EDU)
Fri, 4 Apr 1997 08:32:18 -0700
I have been one who has written, on occassion, "Check with the Council
Service Center." Let me explian why.
True enough, I live in Denver, and am about 20 minutes from the center.
True enough, I can "go there whenever I want." However, and I repeat,
however, I have lived in this council for two years. The other 15 years
of my scout experience were in Hannibal, MO, about 100 miles from the
service center in Columbia, MO. When I say (and have said) "Contact the
Service Center," its because I grew up with an office that I went
probably once per quarter, if that often. The rest of time, I used the
Council's 800 number, called the center to see what they had, or called
the office to ask questions. They were (and still are, I got something
the other day) more than happy to mail out information, to mail orders
for stuff, or answer questions, etc.
I have had nothing but good experiences contacting the office, not in
person, but by mail or phone, or by having my DE call. This is supposed
to be a resource list, granted, but there are still some things that are
easier (and perhaps better, for more reliable information) to say,
"Contact the office/service center" no matter how far away. All of the
councils I have worked with (as a regional OA officer) that were not in
metro areas had 800 numbers. Many now have e-mail through their web
pages. Getting info from Service Centers couldn't be easier.
-- Jason A. Cruse
University of Denver
"Toujours en avant. Si Dieu avait voulu que l'homme reculat, il lui
aurait mis un oeil derriere la tete."
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