Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Council Communications
Re: Council Communications
Daniel E Smith
Thu, 2 Sep 1999 21:34:20 -0500
>From: eddunn <eddunn@BELLSOUTH.NET>
>Anthony, thanks for the response, but its wrong! (grin). If the
>Councils are so involved and following the parents wishes, then why is
>there so much disagreement with the policies? Each Council is run by
>volunteers...those selected by the Council Executives! You would not
>believe all the tricks that have been used (and taught) by pro's to
>assure that only the "right" people get those jobs. Generally they are
>good people, dont get me wrong, but still, they are selected because
>they support the conservative agenda that the Scout Executives wants.
>And if as you say, that the whole purpose is to provide support for the
>Scouting program, then why is the program dying everywhere?
Maybe where you are or maybe just from your viewpoint. I was a little
anti-council and anti-district for many years but am now serving at the
district level and have gained a new perspective and respect for most of
the council and district level volunteers. You are correct in your
statement that Council Executives try to insure that only the "right"
people get those jobs. That is their job. A council can not run
effectively if the key positions are filled with people who are against
anything and everything that comes up, people who do not work for the good
of the entire group, people who are interested in pursuing only their own
personal agenda. You do not have to be a rubber stamp for the council or
the executive board but you must be willing to work within the system to
deliver the promise to the scouts. Personally, I am continually impressed
by the hard work and dedication of the in the trenches council and district
volunteers. Program dying everywhere? Maybe where you are but not
everywhere and certainly not here!
>No, you volunteeers had better wake up, look around, and make the
>changes that can save Scouting...because we are almost too small now to
>make any difference.
Have you seen actual figures? The ones I have seen not only look pretty
good but in our district we are gaining in our percentage of total
available youth. That surely does not indicate that we are dying but
rather indicates a sound program reaching out to the community.
>And anybody who has had any real involvement knows that Scouting can
>make a huge difference...like it did when it was run according to the
>Its whether or not character really counts!
Scouting can and does continue to make a great difference. I urge you to
get involved with the district and council and help it to continue to do so.
Chattahoochee District Commissioner
Northeast Georgia Council