Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: National Tour Permits
Re: National Tour Permits
Sat, 12 Jun 1999 05:36:32 GMT
I, too, wasn't going to comment...but....
There is a problem in the local council service center if folks are
having 45 day turn-around times set as standards. For a while I had
the privilege of serving the BSA troops and Packs in London UK as
Assistant District Commissioner and our Council (Transatlantic
Council) WAS across The English Channel (yep, we were the "Channel
District"). And yes, our official channel was THE CHANNEL and a
simple facsimile to Stuttgart or Mannheim or wherever was all it took.
If a weekend was involved, particularly a weekend in which Summer Camp
or INTERCAMP or WOOD BADGE took place, it MIGHT take over a week to
get a National Tour Permit back. Otherwise, it was pretty good. In
my current council, I have heard unit scouters claim there is no
difficulty at all (Roundtable was last night, I asked.)
TAC operated on a shoestring, a wing and a prayer and ever was it
thus. But they managed the paperwork. Your council service center
probably has a steady turnover, new, inexperienced college-grad DE's
and likely some of the standard manpower handicaps of life in the
lower end of the big leagues. What I am saying is I don't believe
anyone is deliberately dropping the ball, but the ball is being
dropped. The Service Center owes you the best it can do and you must
ask for it loud and clearly. Start with your District Commissioner
She/he meets regularly with the Council Commissioner's Cabinet (or
Staff or whatever) and the Commissioners can raise the issue. Also
talk with your District Executive at roundtable. Have your Chartered
Organization Representative bring it to the next Council Executive
Board. (You say your CoR doesn't attend? Well, hint, hint.)
Remember that Scouter who came by in February and asked you for
Friends of Scouting support? Call him/her and mention your concern.
Don't get hostile, of course, but keep up the gentle pressure.
And let us know how this is resolved.
Yours In Scouting,
District Commissioner, Chief Solano District
Mt. Diablo Silverado Council, Fairfield California
And a good ol Bob-WHITE!, too. (NE-IV-74 Germany 1995)