Re: District Consolidations
Kirk Barley (kbarley@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 30 Apr 1997 18:59:16 -0400
I've only experienced combining districts in a negative context. I'm
sure that it can be done for improved effectiveness.
One of the Councils that I was in that combined Districts as a routine
and shared DE's had the same profile that yours appears to have
(Declining). The Scout Exec's goal was to stay in power and out of
debt. Can't fire a SE unless he's in debt, Scouting "common law."
Growth or expanding the program were often sacrificed for these
imperitives. Volunteer initiative was stiffled, because of a desire for
control and risk aversion. The SE is happy, comfy and waiting to
retire. The quality of the Council when he leave is not big on his list
This is a problem of the Scouting program of that Council, not endemic
to the program. It's upto the members of that Council to rectify the
situation if it is too onerious for them.
At Philmont (PTC) I heard a technique to justify Districts. If
Districts make their dollar goal per Scout through SME/FOS (all three
levels) or event revenue, they were self-supporting and deserved to
exist with dedicated DE support, otherwise combinations might be
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