Re: merging packs
Stuart D Snook (dchi72@JUNO.COM)
Mon, 20 Jul 1998 18:06:24 -0500
The unfortunate fact of the matter is that the professionals are
constantly pressured to produce numbers. Not all Councils are like this,
but my Scout Executive refuses to recharter paper units. A paper unit is
one that is not meeting, etc. It is far better to merge two units than
to lose the boys to the program.
A council in the Southern region recently changed Scout Executives.
THe former being fired for financial reasons. THe new SE allowed 31
units to fall of their roles due to inactivity. THe old SE kept them on
for the numbers game. It is a sad commentary, but the pressure is on
from the major supporters of Scouting.
THe United Way is constantly being asked for money from an ever
increasing number of organizations. In their appropriations meetings
they ask, "how many boys do you serve? How much of an increase is that
over last year?"
If the answers do not please, they will reduce their funding, and force
the council to seek more money from FOS. It is a vicious little circle
that eventually traps professionals to produce despite the costs.
I am currently serving in a district with several paper units. I
refused to recharter them and the district has gone from 49 units in
January 1997 to 30 units at the end of 1997. Even after bringing in five
units this year alone, I sit at 28 units for 1998. DO NOT LET THE DE
BURN OVER THE GROUND FOR THE SAKE OF ANOTHER UNIT. If nothing else, keep
in mind that someone else will be the DE soon, and have to sit in a
parents meeting and get chewed on for his predecessors greed.
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