Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Unit Commissioner-Tip of the IceBerg
Unit Commissioner-Tip of the IceBerg
Fri, 20 Nov 1998 11:01:30 -0800
Over the last 20 years or so there have been mass migrations of scouting
volunteer alumni who, after following their boys scouting career of 6 to 10
years leave scouting to pursue other interests.
At a time when scouting needs a corps of satisfied, articulate and informed
scouters who will now become elders if your wish or meshenawas to use
another descriptor and go out into the world and prosletize the movement,
many scouters of that condition, leave.
They leave for business ,social and the many other attractions available to
Unit Commissioners are no exceptions.
The UC of troop was usually the ex Scoutmaster or ASM who wanted to stay
usefully associated but not have the week to week committememt if running a
The UC could answer most questions on the run so to speak because many
times he been there and done that.
If he couldnt answer right away a few phone calls to the "In,s" would
produce the answer quickly.
OK ,youall can fill in your own analysis of this process
So moving on
How can we ,the current watch, motivate and enable the outgoing adult
leaders to take up the gauntlet of UNIT SERVICE (one of the four functions
of the council/district) ?
One of the critical requirements is knowing the Aims of Scouting.
(It helps to know why we are in this business)
Can the Chartered Partner articulate the reasons for scouting association
within their program.
(Why do they put property and time at risk?)
Can the community as a whole acknowledge of 20 percent or more of the boys
in that community are
involved in scouting and what other opportunity, besides TV, is in second
(What else is selling soap)
Can the community acknowledge that they need to provide more opportunity
for Boys (& Girls)
(Boys and girls seem to be just coming along with no end in sight)
These and other needs face us today, that is those of us who have graduated
out of the unit part of scouting, gotten our reward (or sucessful First
Class or Eagle Scout) and realize that a way of repayment or re-investment
would be to become a meshenawa (Unit Commissioner-Friend of the Troop/Pack.
How can we increase the membership of those who will see this picture and
will run with it.
Red Coat in Spokane