Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: Fw: Re: Quality Unit 2000
Re: Fw: Re: Quality Unit 2000
Mike Mc Abee
Wed, 22 Dec 1999 12:54:10 EST
>From Jim Van Hecke:
At 07:23 PM 12/21/1999 -0500, Dan Smith wrote:
> From: Jim Miller Sr. <jjmsr@LSFCU.ORG>
> > It bothers me that we some of the volunteers on the list always assume
> > that national has some devious money-grubbing motive for everything it
> > does. >
> > Let's give national the benefit of the doubt occasionally.
I believe that the folks at Council and National are as competent, loyal,
committed, and dedicated to Scouting as those of us on this list. While we
may not always know why something is being done, I tend to trust that it is
for the good of the program and that there is not some underlying hidden
agenda. As was mentioned in this most recent Scouting Magazine, the
professional and support staff is called upon to do those things we
volunteers would rather not do or cannot do. How often do we commend them
for a job well done? As is typical of most of us, we tend to quietly
accept the good job, but raise the dickens when things don't go so well.
My thanks and "a pat on the back" to the professionals and their support
Jim Van Hecke
I would echo Jim's comments - I've had a chance to work w/
district/council/ and National professionals and staffers and found them all
to be very dedicated to the Scouting movement.
Unfortunately, the average volunteer only sees part of the picture and it
is usually the money side - rising costs for "less service" (volunteer
Even in a "not for profit" org like the BSA, dollars are needed to provide
the program -
that it might not be the program we knew as boys, or the program we'd like to
have is not due to some "hidden agenda", rather dollars to provide that
There are many aspects at local council and National that I do not like
or disagree with completely regarding the program side of the BSA; but I do
not see that disagreement as a "nefarious money-grubbing motive" - just
diffeent perceptions of what's best.
Had things been different in 1973, I might well be a professional today
(maybe a retired one! :-)
We shouyld "raise the dickens" as Jim says, when things don't go right,
but we also need to thank or "pat them on the back" when things go right.
(A Scout is Courteous, A Scout is Kind)
Merry Christmas to All on the List