Re: Uniforms on Board of Review members?
Steven G. Tyler (sgtyler@EROLS.COM)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 22:42:53 -0500
I think we've clarified our respective positions, and I won't belabor
previously stated positions, but there are a couple of points:
Bruce E. Cobern wrote, in part:
> I agree that after a while the Scouts know who the adult leaders are and
> who the committee is (although I don't know why they would need to know
> that) and who the parents are. In the realm of being asked questions by
> the youth, BTW, I'm not sure there is a difference between the committee
> and the parents just "hanging around." The Scouts should not routinely be
> going to either with questions. Those questions not appropriate for the
> junior leaders should be addressed to the SM and his staff, so whether you
> are a MC or a parent should be irrelevant.
Well, if you begin with the premise that the committee should have NO
role in the program implementation, I suppose this makes sense -- but as
I've said, on occasion the committee members are effectively acting as
ASM's, or doing other things (running a Computer MB "Plug In Session,"
for example) that puts them in contact with the Scouts, and thus should
be distinguishable from interested but non-active parents.
> Actually, I think that if you routinely do a significant amount of SA
> work, in addition to your MC work, you probably ought to choose one or the
> other and then recruit someone else to do the jobs you choose to forego.
> That way the troop has the benefit of TWO adults instead of one and you
> can share the joy and fun with someone else.
Bruce, the issue is not necessarily as you frame it -- a few adults
hogging all the roles -- but more often one of a desire by the Scouter
to at least dabble in other activities, while remaining principally in
one role. In fact, from what you've said, you're a poster boy for my
position -- primarily an ASM, but registered as an MC and performing as
advancement chair. Should you refrain from doing ASM work because of the
patch on your (uniformed) shoulder (and BTW, take off that uniform
before the Scouts get confused! ;->), or should you let someone else do
advancement, and limit yourself to SM corps activities? Per your view,
those are your only proper choices, while my view would accommodate your
"split" role as long as the job(s) get done.
Steve on Cattail Creek
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City