scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: THREE POINTS OF THE SCOUT OATH
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Mon Mar 08 1993 - 03:43:04 CST
Dan Kurtenbach asked:
>And that raises a question: Do any of the folks responsible for the actual
>production and distribution of Scouting literature, policies, etc. (as
>opposed to the many many volunteers who sit on committees and make
>recommendations) follow the discussions on lists like this, note the
>problems raised and discussed, and try to address them?
Not trying to sound like "Secret Spy, Private Eye", Dan, but yes, there
Scouters reading (or being forwarded items from) Scouts-L with the sole purpose
of "finding out what the field feels about" various items. The same can be
equally said for some folks from the Girl Scouts of the USA side as well.
We have issued (and still do!) invites to those professionals to comment on
items, but the BSA has informed ALL professional members that while it's
great to be a part of a forum like this, that if a professional makes ANY
comments or statements, that he or she is doing so as an "agent of their
Council and in return the Boy Scouts of America" and they should be VERY
CAREFUL about what they post and state.
Some Councils, for instance, Judy's and Richard's (two professional Scouters
here among the many) are a little more liberal than others and have allowed
them to share the same information with us as found in current issues of
BSA's publications, including ProSpeak. For this, I publicily thank them
and their Councils for sharing.
Other Councils have given their professional cadre strict instructions NOT
to even POST (and many of those professionals have "funnelled" their answers
and responses through volunteers like myself with the "provision" that we do
NOT reveal a full name nor where they serve from).
Remember, Dan, unlike us volunteers, when a professional speaks, he or she
represents their local Council and the BSA, right or wrong. So, we do have
to be concerned when we ask them to comment on an issue which is not "within
their lane". But do be assured that when we talk about uniforming, or the
lack of awards for specific positions, or the current Silver Beaver
"notification and presentation" process, that there *are* professionals at
the field and operations levels that do "get the clue" and are in positions
to recommend or make changes.
(Please also remember that Scouts-L, as well as all of the other electronic
mailing groups, only represent a small (but VOCAL) part of the overall
Scouting program.Changes which are made to the program are made with the
intent that it "should work universally" or as professionals would say, that
"it works in Peoria.")
Hope this answers your question without revealing "just WHO is on here??"!!
Settummanque!@HEY! How come there isn't a 30-hour day and a nine-day week?
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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