Re: Handbooks and Literature
Craig R. McGarrah (mcgarrah@MINDSPRING.COM)
Sat, 22 Nov 1997 12:38:15 -0500
In general, I like the handbooks. Nationals does a real good job on them.
My biggest frustration is when they change the handbooks without any
visible sign of the change.
A couple of years ago they changed the Bobcat requirements to include the
youth protection requirement without changing anything else that I could
find in the book. No cover change, no note on revisions on the first couple
of pages, no indication whatsoever. As a result, I had very confused
parents because the two local places which sell scout books were selling
identical books with different requirements. How do I tell a parent who
just plunked a bunch of money into uniforms, books, etc. that they didn't
get the right book even though they just bought it yesterday from the Scout
Since there was no record of the change, I had to go through each book
(Wolf, Bear, Webelos)--PAGE BY PAGE--to have confidence that Nationals
didn't sneak anything else in. I refuse to do this every year. I knew this
was coming because the degree of my involvement, but this is very
frustrating to many. Not everyone is on SCOUTS-L or reads Scouting magazine
cover-to-cover and shouldn't have to.
Okay. Enough of my whining. Here's my suggestion.
I understand the need to sell out the stock and I realize every minor
change does not warrant a cover change. However, when a change is made, the
scout shops should be provided with a small dated slip of paper noting the
change to put into the "old" books. The new books ought to have a change
list near the front of the book (although with the Youth protection booklet
in the front, the last page may be more appropriate). If I recall right,
the books were changed mid-year so I couldn't even tell the parents what
printing date to get.
Yours in Scouting,
Cubmaster -- Pack 132, Palm Beach Gardens, FL
(Gulf Stream Council)
At 10:51 PM 11/21/97 -0500, Michael F. Bowman wrote (clipped):
>If you have ideas on what would help make the handbooks more useful to
>Scouts and Scouters, things that ought to be included, things that
>aren't particularly useful, things you'd like to see, please take a
>minute to hit the keyboard and share your ideas. If you want to send
>them to me privately or share an idea with the list to see how others
>feel, I'll see that your comments get forwarded on to my contact at National.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City