Communications (was: camp nicknames)
Mark Arend (arend@CENTURYINTER.NET)
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 20:11:17 -0500
At 11:03 AM 7/24/97 -0500, Mike Walton wrote:
>Additionally, your professional staff should have sent *each and every*
>Scoutmaster, Coach and Advisor/Skipper a letter informing them of this >new
But they don't. Some years back there was a change in policy regarding camp
medical forms. Prior to the change the parent could sign that the boy had
had a medical exam in the past 3 years; the change required the doctor's
signature on the form.
This change was made in late fall or early winter. Not only did our Council
not notify us of the change but they kept distributing the old medical forms
that said the doctor's signature was not required.
Staff week came at camp and some boys & their parents had to scramble
because they didn't have the signature on the form. The first week at camp
some campers had the same problem. The second week of camp the same thing
Our Troop was there that week but I couldn't attend. I got on the phone and
chewed out the camp director, then the camping director in the Council
office and then the Council Exec. I asked why it never occured to any of
them that, since word apparently hadn't gotten out, it might be a good idea
to start notifying people of this change. Three or four days later a letter
went out to all leaders about the change.
This is not an isolated incident; it's an especially glaring example of an
ongoing problem. The BSA in general seems to do very poorly at
communication. A lot of the discussion on this List seems to be what
various rules "really" mean. If they were written or explained clearly in
the first place there wouldn't be this uncertainty.
Do others see this as a problem or am i just sounding off about something I
know nothing about? wouldn't be the first time ;-)
Mark W. Arend
Beaver Dam Community Library
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