Re: merging packs, execs
John Conley (ITI@FRONTIERNET.NET)
Tue, 21 Jul 1998 13:06:02 -0700
There's been quite a bit of pro-bashing sparked by the thread on merging
As I responded privately to Linda when she first made her inquiry, there
are valid concerns about Packs merging. Two that come to mind are:
1)Choice is good. Each Pack has its own personality, and the more of
them there are, the better the chance that every family can find one
they are comfortable with.
2)If two 50-member Packs merge, the result will almost certainly not be
one 100-member Pack, but one Pack with some number less than 100. There
are lots of reasons for this, but the bottom line is that less boys are
receiving Scouting. (Hypothetical numbers, of course; if the Packs each
had 50 youth, they probably wouldn't be talking about a merger.)
Of course, I'm assuming that the Packs are in an area where Total
Available Youth should support two Packs.
I know that there are reasons totally unrelated to delivering Scouting
to youth why pros might object to a merger, but there are certainly
reasons that _do_ relate to youth, as well. The Council should want
whatever will get a quality Scouting program delivered to the greatest
number of young people.
Most pros that I have known are hard-working folks who are deeply
committed to the program. Perhaps our beef is with whoever decided that
they could only be evaluated by objective numbers, over which they
sometimes have little control.
Arrowhead District Commissioner
Finger Lakes Council (NY)
*Better to build boys than mend men*
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City