Re: UNIFORM INSPECTIONS
MR JOHN A SEVERINO (HBDP31A@PRODIGY.COM)
Thu, 22 May 1997 00:32:06 -0500
Hey Ron, right on!
OK you other guys, here's some helpful hints; that's what they are,
HINTS, not Severino giving directions, all right???
As a Unit Commissioner, my Packs receive their one formal inspection
in the fall and the Troops get two: one in the fall and one in the
spring. This is according to the Commissioner Unit Service Plan
(it's in one of the Commissioner manuals).
AT THE PACK COMMITTEE MEETING BEFORE I DO ANYTHING, I review the
Pack's Uniform Policy with the parents and leaders, and also point
out recurring problems common to most units. I do this a full month
in advance so DLs can get the word out.
At the Pack Meeting: after I first inspect the Cubmaster and his
Assistants. Then I start with the Senior Webelos Den Leader, her
Assistant , their Den Chiefs and then the Sr. Webelos.
I QUICKLY make one pass--head to toe-and move from Cub to Cub, make
some comments to the Den Leader, and then smartly move to the Jr.
Webelos, Bears and Wolves, inspecting each den in the same manner.
I give the Tigers a cursory inspection (stare at each of them for a
moment--they find this quite amusing) and then I brief the Cubmaster,
compliment him on the stellar appearance of his pack, present a
certificate (any standard Scout Shop nice looking one will do), and
present a small patch to the best looking cub in the Pack.
While I inspect I quietly mention (do not point out) discrepancies to
the Den Leader who makes tick marks on each cub's inspection sheet,
and then uses them later on for training if she so desires. If the
Unit Leader requests a score, in the case of Troops to note progress,
I will provide one soon after inspecting. Usually I don't score a
Pack, since the fall inspection is used to get the new families on
board with uniforming after Roundup.
I do mention that Den UNIFORMITY is just as important as individual
I'm interested in how other leaders conduct inpections as none of the
Scout books are a roadmap.
For Scout Troops I do the above, but take more time.
In any unit, this is a lesson in Attention to Detail, one of the few
chances we as leaders get to drive home the point. How you deliver
this lesson is just as important as the product.
John Severino, UC
Past District Chairman
Los Angeles Area Council
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