Volunteer attitudes about Professional Scouters
Paul Meyermann (Paul.Meyermann@UNI.EDU)
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 09:45:48 -0600
The recent discussion regarding 'qualifications' for professional scouters
has been very interesting but raised a question in my mind regarding
attitudes of volunteers towards Professional Scouters.
I am not a professional scouter and have only gotten to know three or four
during my 5 years as a scouter.
In conversation with scouters absent any professionals, I have noticed a
theme of negative attitudes regarding the professionals they must deal
with. I have always thought that this was counter productive and often
Why is this?
Is it because as volunteers working for free, there is a resentment that
they "do it for the money" while volunteers work for free and therefore
have noble motives?
Is it because they are not providing the support and services actually
needed by scouters?
Is it because there job description calls for them to cajole volunteers
into giving ever increasing amounts of time to the program and then to
also support it financially?
Is it because as a group they do not have the skills and experience needed
to be successful?
Is it because we wish that they would take responsibility for the making
sure that volunteer run activities run smoothly and successfully?
If I am alone in these observations feel free to ignore this message. If
you have noticed this negative bias, it is worth a discussion on how it
could be improved.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City