National Bulletin - Selecting Leaders
Merl Whitebook (MAWLAW@AOL.COM)
Tue, 7 Jul 1998 19:15:12 EDT
Dear Fellow Scouters
During the previous week every Boy Scout/Varsity Scouting Unit Committee
Chairman received (or will receive) a letter from Jere Ratcliffe, Chief Scout
Executive regarding "Selecting Quality Leaders"
The Bulletin states: "Effective September 1, 1998, this process is required
for selecting all new Scoutmasters, Assitant Scoutmasters, Coaches and
The Bulletin outlines a seven step program:
1. Chartered Organization Briefing: Head of Chartered Org. meets with local
council to discuss the process of selecting and recuiting quality leaders.
2. Steering Committee Meeting: The head of the steering committee calls a
meeting of the steering Comm and develops a prospect list, ranking of the
prospects, obtains approval of the prospects from the head of chartered
organiztion, previews part one and two of selecting quality leaders video,
selects at least three people to call on the number one prospect.
3. Make an appointment with the propsect
4. Call on the prospect
5. Have the prospect complete a membership application
6. Welcome the new leader
7. A representative from the BSA local council will contact the new leader
and schedule fast start trainging.
The attached letter call special attention to step five: completion of the
adult volunteer leader application. The guidelines states that "it is the
responsibility of the unit sterring committee to reviewand screen the
application. Individuals who have lived in the community for three or more
years and are known to members of the committee well enough for them to serve
as a reference should require little additional screening."
"Conduct a reference check on those who are new to the community as well as
those who may be new to volunteer scouting. References should be checked in a
discreet, nonthretening manner and previous Scouting experience should be
I don really know what all this means or is intended to mean. Therefore I
will reserve comment, except to state the obvious:
1. This seems to shift the screening responsibility away from Scouting (where
I presumed it was, including criminal backround checks ect.) and places it
upon the Unit.
2. I better get busy, it will take me about a year before we can implement
all the requirments to introduce any new leaders into our troop.
I am interested in others comments. While the requirment for references are
not new, the emphasis clearly places a renewed sense of responsibility upon
the unit. And it probably should be. Its out boys!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City