Re: Quality District
Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Fri, 5 Dec 1997 22:23:32 -0600
Bruce Major wrote:
> There has to be a better way for the BSA to measure DE performance (which,
> let's face it, is a BIG part of the whole Quality District concept).
> Suggestions, anybody?
I would like to see "percentages of youth who drop" factored into the
requirements for Quality Unit, Quality District, Quality Council and for
Why do Scouts drop out? There are many reasons but one major factor is
the lack of program (at the unit, district and council levels). We
continually see districts and councils place great emphasis on
chartering new units and recruiting more and more youth. Do we see a
corresponding emphasis on maintaining or improving program quality of
the existing units? I don't think so.
I think it is interesting to go back and look how the BSA has lowered
standards for the Quality Unit Award during the past 10 years. In 1988,
one of the items that HAD to be achieved to earn the Quality Unit Award
in a troop was to have at least nine troop committee meetings each year.
This requirment has been eliminated. One of the *elective* achievements
in 1988 was that 50% or more of the Scouts must have participated in at
least 10 nights of camping. This has also been eliminated. So in ten
years, the standards to be a Quality Unit at the troop level have been
lowered to where a troop can now make Quality Unit without having a
single meeting of the troop committee, and the 10 nights of camping
elective has been replaced by an elective calling for 6 hightlight
activities (hikes, campouts, trips, tours, etc.) and attending a BSA
long-term camp. Personally, I don't believe lowering standards is the
way to achieve a measurement of true quality.
As long as the BSA places more importance on increasing the sheer
numbers of units and Scouts without placing a corresponding emphasis on
the quality of the programs offered, the terms Quality Unit, Quality
District and Quality Council will always be somewhat hollow.
If the various *quality* measurements were somehow tied to reducing the
numbers of dropped youth, being a Quality Unit, Quality District or
Quality Council would really mean something.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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