Re: Troop Committee Guidebook
Anthony J. Mako (ajmako@NLS.NET)
Wed, 16 Sep 1998 23:17:56 -0400
I would appreciate hearing from anyone familiar with the _new_ troop
committee guidebook and the contents. The book is now being printed in an
8x11-1/2 three hole punch format. Has any of the contents been changed?
Content? Yes. Let's just say the book is kinder and gentler than it once
was. Mind you, I haven't had a chance to actually read it, or compare it (my
Advancement Chair has my old copy). I have skimmed over it and I can tell
you that it's easier to read. It's also easier to follow if you are trying
to create a committee or fix one. For each of the suggested positions on the
committee there is not only a job description, but a fill in box. You can
put in a name, address, and home and work phone numbers.
Some good things all of us Scoutmasters like to see: A pretty good list of
unauthorized activities, a good description of the Youth Protection
standards, transportation guidelines, when to use what kind of tour permit,
and a very good explanation of the aims and methods of Scouting. Some good
things committee members might like to see: what all the jobs are, what the
SM's job is, how to recruit SM's, how to check references, what the council
and district's responsibilities are, what a typical committee meeting is
like... This book may not be any better than the others, but it IS an
important reference for any committee member. It's also a pretty good
resource for Fast Start training (you wouldn't need to change much to turn
it into an excellent syllabus).
Personally, I like the idea of a handbook that fits into a loose-leaf
binder. It's a little easier to use. Actually, I can't wait for the new
Anthony J. Mako, firstname.lastname@example.org ,Scoutmaster, Troop 381
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