scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Council Merger - Uniforms
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Thu May 06 1993 - 17:08:34 CDT
You wrote and asked:
>The new district exec. assigned to the smaller former council has been
>making the rounds of the units doing intros and insisting that they update
As he SHOULD, to encourage bringing the two former Councils together.
> He even carriesa bag of new patches which he sells at the
>trading post price. In fact he has been overbearing.
While his approach may need to be worked on, Phil, he's doing the right
thing: he's encouraging the re-establishment of the new Council and the new
District in which they all belong within. I went through this same thing in
my pre-professional tenure, although I hoped that I wasn't as "heavy-handed"
as you say the District Executive was in this case.
In this case, the small Lonesome Pine Council was absorbed by the larger
Bluegrass Council, out of Lexington. The three Districts which made up the
old Council now became parts of four Districts of the larger Council. It
was our job, as members of the new professional staff of the Council, to go
around and announce the changes along with providing patches for sale at
cost (the exact cost of the emblem, not an "inflated cost" even though those
patches came out of our expense accounts!)
You would be surprised, Phil, as to how many Scouts and Scouters DID NOT
KNOW that the Council was being "put together with another one". Some of
these Scouters didn't bother to read the Council's bulletins, from EITHER
Council; nor did they read the letter from the Council Presidents of both
Councils which was sent to every unit leader. They did not know (or
professed that they did not know) until I showed up wearing the new Council
Shoulder Strip and offering to sell them the same.
And most of the unit leaders, although they appreciated the offer, chose not
to buy them from me but instead to get them from the Council office in
Lexington at cost and postage. Go figure.
>There are two units that have proudly been using the old red-white
>community-state strips on their own hook since 1972. Apparently the DE read
>the riot act to the SMs in the troop meetings over their use of
"unauthorized >insignia" even though it is entirely proper to use such insignia.
No. It's proper for them to wear the insignia IF THE COUNCIL APPROVES IT.
They cannot go on their own and decide "Oh, we're going to keep tradition
here, so, we're going to keep wearing the city and state strips"
The COUNCIL SCOUT EXECUTIVE (not the District Executive, although he or she
may have some discussion about it with the Council Scout Executive) MAKES
THAT DECISION. So, if the Council was "bought out", the NEW Council Scout
Executive has to decide whether or not the unit will CONTINUE to wear the
city and state strips, or the NEW CSP.
(In reality, Phil, if these units have been wearing the strip since 1972,
they will more than likely continue to wear it into the new century; but if
a new Council Scout Executive was named (which MAY be the case in this
situation), he or she may want to "make a statement about the unity of the
Council" and demand that everyone wear the "official CSP as determined by
volunteers in this new Council".)
>What is your reaction and what should the SMs that were verbally attacked
>do? What should the other unit leaders do about the older shoulder patches?
The Scoutmaster that was verbally attacked should make an appointment and
talk with the Field Director or whomever the immediate supervisor of this
person is and ask for an apology as well as an explaination. Other unit
leaders and Scouts in that former Council should remove their old Council
Shoulder Patches, put them away somewhere (for they will become collectors'
items!!), and attach the new CSP representing the territory served by the
new combined Council.
Will they?? Well, you'll always have some renegades, but for the most part,
most Scouts and Scouters will do so. It's not the Council nor the name of
the Council that matters....it's the unit and the program of the unit that
matters most in Scouting.
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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