Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Chief Scout on his way out?
Chief Scout on his way out?
Settummanque, the blackeagle
Sat, 5 Jun 1999 12:53:58 -0500
I'm crossposting this over to Scouts-L because of the topic and what I know
Chris in Houston wrote:
>I have it on good authority that G Radcliff is on his way out (his own
>decission) along with several key National staff.
The rumor has been circulating for the last three months that the Chief
Scout Executive will be leaving along with several Division directors.
As far as I've been able to find out from my "vantage point" down here in
Honduras, it may or may not happen, with the emphasis on the "may not"; at
least until after the start of the new program year next year (the 2001
program year, not the 2000 program year, which is fast coming up on us).
Why do I say so?? Because Chief Radcliffe's biggest project, and one in
which he's personlly interested in, is about to be launched...the 90th
Anniversary of the BSA, which will kick off with a large program
announcement the first week of November, 1999. A lot of resources has been
placed from the National end downward to our local Councils to support this
effort...and it was the Chief's personal intention to visit all of the "top
25 Councils" to help with the kickoff.
Only after the kickoff and the subsequent programming from the National end,
will (in *my personal opinion*) he step down or leave the mantle of the
Chief Scout Executive's position.
For the most part, he has done well as CSE...he managed to first move the
BSA more back to the middle of the aisle in public opinion moreso than his
precedessor; he has returned 122 individuals "removed from the BSA's books"
for doing nothing more than stating their opinion or making the program work
despite local politics; he has increased the awareness of the Cub Scouting
program and it's importance to the family; he has supervised and managed a
great National Scout Jamboree...the first one in which the "numbers" of
participants and national partners actually "increased"; and of course it
was Chief Radcliffe that has insisted that his staff listen just a little
bit more to the volunteers...many of which whom have found electronic
methods of improving their local program, which improved the national program.
Of course, this was the SAME guy that dismantled the Exploring program and
created an "retroExploring" program called Venturing; and the same guy that
despite pressure from volunteers around the nation has yet to bring back the
uniform pants in the design that they are asking for, with DEEP side
pockets. This was also the guy which has defended the BSA in public and
private as the "saviour of family values".
>This will no doubt shake it up around the country in many councils.
Anytime there's a new CSE it means a different "way of doing business"
similar to the installation of a new Chief Executive in a business or a new
military commander. Every "boss" has a different way that he or she wants
things done, the different communications patterns that are set up, and of
course "his or her inner circle" of trusted partners and friends that is
brought along to support this new direction.
And this means, in the case of a new CSE, that the Council and Regional
Executives take their cues from this new person....
There's a good chance that Chief Radcliffe will step down...but my CSP says
that he won't do so until AFTER the start of the BSA's 90th birthday bashes
have started in late December, and onward through Feburary of 2000.
Sorry for the crosspost again...but it's an important topic!
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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