Bruce Dollens - Ideas?
Keith Wood (kwood@CJNETWORKS.COM)
Thu, 16 Oct 1997 16:06:14 -0500
Yeah, Bruce, been there, done that, so to speak. About five years ago we
tried to gently cycle out a group of long term Scouters who simply passed
around the various jobs and wondered why no one new ever got involved.
They were in a huff and non-cooperative for a while, just as your seem to
be over district policies.
We approached these people and asked them what area they would like to work
on. Some responded, some did not. We continued to leave the door open,
inviting them to events, asking them to do singular jobs instead of year
long appointments, and so on. Eventually, most all of them have come back.
And we have dozens of new faces serving in district positions.
I think if you do the same - offer small jobs but not demeaning ones,
invite them as you already have to all events (but not in a special way,
just that they are as welcome as anyone else, and regularly ask their
advice based on experience, they will again drift back and be a useful and
The only caveat would be to avoid any implication that you are encouraging
them to reverse or change or ignore any legitimate and valid
district/council policies, since neither they nor you have that power as an
individual. (One of the problems that drove our change was the abuse of
council policy on budgets for activities.) If the district policies were
simply the result of over-zealous Scouters operating on their own, maybe
these experienced Scouters can help you put things back aright, given the
change to provide input.
Hope this gives you encouragement to take that hard step and open a dialog
Oh, yes, have a wonderful cold snowy Freeze-O-Ree.
Former District Commissioner
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City