Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: no Pro Bashing-going back to work
no Pro Bashing-going back to work
Roman J. Smith
Thu, 9 Sep 1999 07:09:27 -0500
>Why are you asking? As a pro recruiter, I would say that Scouting is a
>good chance to spend valuable time with your son, now I'm not so sure!
>The responses that I can't even make sense of tell me that this group
>has no interest in the facts, only wanting Scouting to continue.
We all do want scouting to continue. I have more faith in the
professionals to believe that they are only in this because they have a job
that pays them money. They also want scouting to continue. I also have
faith in unit leaders and believe that they took their position for two
reasons: 1) they do want to spend time with their sons; 2) they want
scouting to be there for the next generation.
> I find
>it unbelievable that so many can respond and say that Scouting is doing
>fine. Everybody knows better! But I guess we all must maintain our
Professionals are responsible for the number of units. The rest of us are
responsible for keeping our units healthy. That is our job and it takes
all of our effort to do that one job. I know that there is problem in
numbers. Guess what? The best way for me to increase overall numbers is
make my unit attractive so more boys want scouting as one of their
activities. It does me no good to sit here and whine that there are not
enough units in some distant state, because I do know that many boys are
not being served. BSA hires professionals for that. If they are doing a
good job or not, the best way for me to help is with the 22 boys that I
have. If we all do our job in the trenches, the numbers should grow.
You and/or others may not believe that, but I believe that. If I did not I
am wasting my time, the time of 22 boys, and the time of the professions
who support me.
>Oh well, to be expected I guess. I was hoping that Scouting
>meant something to at least these folks. Honesty and all that Jazz...
We have all been down this road before. If there are 250 scouts in BSA or
25,000,000, our job in the trenches does not change. I am still
responsible for 22 boys. Professionals are responsible for supporting me
and starting more units. But the better I do my job, the easier time the
professionals should have. So I only worry about my job. When I walk down
the street in my BSA uniform, people do not see thousands of scouts, the
see ONE scouter. That is my chance to make BSA better, and BSA's chance to
get one more scout and his father into the program.
Yes, I am interested in the overall numbers. I am interested in EACH boy
(in and out of scouting across the country), or I would not be giving my
advice to others. And I realize that my advice should be ignored some
(much ?) of the time if units are to really get going in the right
direction. You do not see me here a lot these days because most of my
responses are private.
I never get tired of hearing of the numbers. I get tired of hearing that
some people think that I do not care because I am not doing more. The
current number I am interested in is 22. The number I am interested in
tomorrow is 23 and I have not yet found that 23rd boy. So I have to go
back to work now and find him.
Roman J. Smith
University of Notre Dame
(219)631-4624 Fax: (219)631-8223
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Scoutmaster, Troop 505 / Committee Member, Ship 505
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