scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Yearly Calendar Planning
Jason Cruse (jcruse@SOCKET.NET
Fri Mar 31 2000 - 08:35:52 CST
>I've seen this several times, and curiosity is killing me, here. How on
>earth do all y'all get hold of school calendars, charter partner
>calendars, district calendars, etc a full year in advance?!?
There are several things to keep in mind with getting calendars.
1) If everyone else's is tentative, so is yours!
2) Our chartered partner insists that every organization makes a calendar a
full year in advance. If someone throws something in at the last minute and
needs the building, for example, they have to work around everyone else. If
your charter doesn't, perhaps you should encourage them, cajol them, etc,
into adopting a more rigid calendar policy.
3) Our council really does work 18 months in advance on calendarting. Yes,
those things are "tentative"...but how many dates actually change? And how
many of those things really affect troop planning? Camporees, summer camp
dates, perhaps OA meetings, popcorn maybe, roundtables...those things don't
change a whole lot, if at all.
4) School calendars are the same way. Seriously, when does a school's
Christmas vacation change? Or the last day of school unless there was a
significant amount of snowfall (for you Texans, snow is white and fluffy and
occassionally causes school to be canceled. :) )
The bottom line is: we want our parents toknow early what is going on. We
as leaders need to know early what is going on. We have one school district
that balked at making and giving out calendars a year in advance. So, we
got the parents involved. They created such a stink that that school
district does calendaring now.
It really isn't that hard...just remember that if everyone else is flexible,
you have to be to. But you have to start someplace!