Re: National Bulletin - Selecting Leaders
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET)
Wed, 8 Jul 1998 07:41:29 -0500
Apparently, I've been told by a professional, this isn't anything new, but
has always been the way selecting leaders was supposed to be done.
I can add to this that in LDS units, the new leaders aren't supposed to take
their new positions until the background check is completed. That was made
clear in the spring (or maybe last fall, I can't remember) at one of our
"General Conferences" of the church.
From: Merl Whitebook <MAWLAW@AOL.COM>
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L <SCOUTS-L@TCUBVM.IS.TCU.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, July 07, 1998 7:57 PM
Subject: National Bulletin - Selecting Leaders
>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
>Executive regarding "Selecting Quality Leaders"
>The Bulletin states: "Effective September 1, 1998, this process is
>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
>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
>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
>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
>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
>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