Council Scout Exec questions
Jason Cruse (jcruse@NEMONET.COM)
Sun, 5 Oct 1997 08:37:58 -0500
I do not want to stir up a nasty hornets nest, but I have a concern, and am
curious if others have had the same problem.
I have been a scoutmaster in two different councils in the past 2 years.
In each council, I had a concern (one in each council) that needed to be
brought to the attention of the council scout exec. Both had to do with
information that was (or was not) given by DEs, the scout office staff,
and/or others. In BOTH councils, the Scout Execs reply was, "I can't do
anything about it; I didn't do it, so don't come to me."
Have I misunderstood something somewhere? I *thought* that the Scout Exec
was the "boss" of the council, and stepped in to see that things were being
handled. If a DE or office staff or even a council-level volunteer staffer
does something wrong, or is responsible for a foul-up, I thought that those
individuals were answerable to the Scout Exec.
Am I wrong? It's frustrating enough to have some volunteers, when they
mess up, refuse to take responsibility and simply reply, "What are you
going to do? Fire me? I'm a volunteer!" It seems worse when its a *paid*
scouter who does it.
Does anyone else have this problem in their council? Can we who do get
together and put our names on a large collective letter to somebody at
National and say something about it? My troop committee is now convinced
(no joking) that the only thing the Scout Exec does is fundraise. Nothing
Thanks for listening to a Sunday morning ranting.
Jason A. Cruse
"There are no points for second place."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City