Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Council Communications - Back to Pro Bashing?
Re: Council Communications - Back to Pro Bashing?
Fredrick C. Farnell
Sat, 4 Sep 1999 14:17:23 CDT
Well...it's been an interesting read, but my experience is more in line with
Anthony's...I get to work with district, council and executive board
volunteers on a regular basis here. Maybe I'm just asleep at the switch,
but I don't see this bleak picture; at least not here (and certainly not in
my last council). I can't lay it all out as eloquently as Anthony did...but
my $.02 worth is this: methinks he had it exactly right.
Haven't been around all THAT long; don't know much; certainly not a charter
member of any "inner circles" :o) ...but I see a lot of kids doing great
things because of Scouting. Not a perfect program...but it lets me do the
things I need to in order to feel good about today's kids and my
generation's role in helping 'em along.
So...I'm either blissfully ignorant or maybe these volunteers/pros I see
every so often really are good people doing a great job.
District Commissioner, Galaxy District
Alamo Area Council
>From: eddunn <eddunn@BELLSOUTH.NET>
>Reply-To: eddunn <eddunn@BELLSOUTH.NET>
>Subject: Re: Council Communications - Back to Pro Bashing?
>Date: Thu, 2 Sep 1999 17:24:38 -0400
>Sorry Anthony to inform you, but there are less Scouts now than in
>1930! National won't even release the totals, that's how bad it is...so
>things are all right in your mind...only!
>And as a DE I have been on the committee that selects the Council level
>volunteers, so I know what I am talking about. The methods you
>recommend are fine, but they are not the same as what is being used
>today. Not even close!
>As for the BSA not changing policy to suit its constituants, well...it
>will be very alone with its decisions. Yes, Councils have fired Scout
>Executives in the past, but only when they fail to meet the National
>As for blaming the professionals, ha! They have run the program as far
>down as it should be allowed, Scouting is designed for kids, not fat old
>men who want to take every nickle they can get out of it, and give
>nothing back. If the real figures of membership were released, you
>would know exactly what I mean, and the fur would fly. But until people
>like you begin to realize that things are not "peachy", the minority
>Really, I admire your committment, but take the time to know what you
>are supporting, it's not worth your efforts.
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