Jay Thal (jay.thal@TCS.WAP.ORG)
Mon, 6 Apr 1998 13:40:53 EST
Unlike my bleak story of last week about the 8,000+ calls to SeaBase,
this morning*s calls to Philmont went smoother. I cannot tell you how many
calls the SM and other ASMs made (this time we called from different locations)
but I got through after about 200 redials / 35 minutes.
Philmont is automated, and their reservations are locked in on the
computer, unlike SeaBase where the reservation sheet must be passsed around
between the call takers. Nevertheless, the randomness of a telephone call in
seems to me a fair way - regardless of the differences in my experiences but
five days apart.
Yes, as someone pointed out, this can seem like a aweful/awful waste of
personpower - but that is why volunteers are so valuble. If you, and the
parents, value their/your boys then we must risk repetitive stress injury to
our index finger once or twice every year. More people need to be involved.
The answer is that, presently, competing for High Adventure is a Zero
Sum Gain - your win, my win, etc. results in someone else*s loss. At best it
is a hard lesson learned. How can we, somewhat, overcome the disappointments
(but undoubtedly not the work effort)? That answer is, IMO, to expand the
opportunities by developing more Bases - that may mean that BSA has to evaluate
how it will spend its resources. We can spend those resources fighting for
more opportunities for the boys, or we can practice greater frugality in other
areas including defensive activities.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City