Ron Raab-Long (raablong@VOICENET.COM)
Fri, 18 Jul 1997 09:09:11 -0400
>But it sounds like a good idea to make it mandatory that the SM have
>completed fundamentals and I'll mention it during the next committee
>meeting...probably give them a scare as some will think I'm going to
>quit as SM.
Good point, and everyone needs to realize that the wonderful people filling
those scouting jobs today, may not be there tommorrow.
We just learned that our Scoutmaster has received orders to Macguire(sp?)
AFB in NJ. It's so darn frustrating living in a town with a large military
base. We are blessed with many great leaders, that strongly support the Boy
Scout program, and can go "TDY" to attend summer camp, etc., without losing
their vacation, but they generally don't stay very long. Its a bittersweet
thing to congradulate a friend whose been given a promotion when you know
that same promotion will lead to his being transferred.
However, this doesn't just happen in the military. A trained SA of ours was
laid off due to cutbacks at his plant. His skills were so unique that there
was no chance of him finding another job in this area.
This is why we require our SM, in our written policies, to attend training.
When we wrote the policies our SM was WB trained, but that didn't mean he
wasn't going to be replaced. Our SA's are not required to attend training
unless they want to lead an outing. Instead of requiring training, we have
established an attitude that training is expected. We ask everyone, "How
can you present the program of the BSA, if you don't know what that program is?"
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