Re: Fw: Another problem with the council
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 19 Nov 1997 16:08:51 -0500
Jason A. Cruse wrote, in part:
> > I have just about had it with this. I'll not make blanket statements--it
> > has been made clear to me that they are not accurate, so that's fine.
> > However, in 3 months as scoutmaster, I've had no less than 3 times when the
> > council/district has given me bogus, incorrect, or flat out wrong
> > information, or I have been told one thing by one person and corrected by
> > another.
> > If I hadn't had such a good orienteering campout with my boys this weekend
> > (which is why I'm here in the first place), I honestly think my days would
> > be numbered. If this sort of thing happened this consistently with my
> > "superiors" at a place of business, I'd be gone.
First, Scouting is NOT a business (in the sense of profits and
accountability, etc.) and is largely a volunteer effort. Turnover among
the professionals is high, and the pay is relatively low, so it does not
surprise me (nor, I suspect, does it surprise many on the list) that you
have received inaccurate info. As to the "promised" aid, I suspect the
professionals may (and should) have limits on how much of our precious
few resources are given away.
Second, your request amounts to a request for charity. Understand, I
have no problem with your request, nor do I question your need for
assistance. I didn't hear the conversation, so I don't know whether the
professional's offer to entertain a request for aid was in fact
overstated, or whether you read into the conversation a firmer
commitment than was intended. However, for you to wax indignant when the
proferred aid (and at least some aid WAS proferred, remember?) falls
short of your expectations seems a bit inappropriate.
I'm reminded of a story of a well-to-do uncle who provided frequent
assistance to his nieces and nephews, with the caveat that "When my
generosity becomes an anticipated revenue item in your budget, we will
then part company." Be thankful for what you get, and find other
resources to make up for what you didn't.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City