Our Legacy of Individualism
Peter Townsend (ptownsen@HYDRA.CS.GMR.COM)
Tue, 25 Nov 1997 13:49:51 -0800
How's that for a subject line. I was looking for the correct
word, and 'Individualism' was the best that came to mind.
This is an open comment, or my opinion, on the direction or lack
of direction from BSA National that has come up in so many
We in BSA are blest and fortunate that they set standards and
rules/regulations that are necessary for maintaining a
consistant, legal, safe, etc. program and organization. But
fortunately each BSA troop is a legally independent organization.
I've been in a number of other organizations where the national
body SETS not only policies, but also methods of operation.
It is a very stifling environment to operate in. The units have
very little latitude for individuality and experimentation, and
are required to 'carry out national programs' whether they fit
That is why I hope people on this list continue to ask others,
"How do you do ...". That is good dialog. The question,
"How should I do ...", is always best answered by the reverse
question, "How would YOU LIKE to do it?" Be pragmatic, make
the system work for you the way you.
I hope BSA never becomes a top-down organization, but always
keeps the focus on flexibility at the unit level, where the units
drive the program.
Keeping FUN in scOUTING, Pete Townsend ASM T188, Rochester Hills MI
(and the correlative statement: "Thank goodness we aren't
getting everything from the government that we are paying for!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City