scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Ghost Units/Scouts (long)
Ken Faris (kfaris@FLASH.NET
Mon May 22 2000 - 09:05:31 CDT
<The pressure upon the DEs to generate headcounts and unit counts
<is tremendous. That it the primary standard by which they are
<measured. If the unit count goes down or if they fail to meet the
<increasing the number of units/scouts it is a real career threatening
I would agree very much with what Steve is saying, and I think it is
much more widespread than anyone wants to admit. Our Council serves a
majority rural population and covers an extraordinary amount of miles.
I think my eyes were opened up fairly wide when the real numbers
started floating in at the last re-charter time. In one years time we
lost over 80 charters council wide. It's funny when you consider in
that same year we lost 3 DE's from different districts. When Steve
says the job is about headcount and unit count he's right!
For my District we have brought in a very, well-intentioned young man.
Highly principled and very effective. It's now a 120 days later and
he is on the phone with me everyday about what can we do to start new
units--almost to the point of <begging> because in their Friday staff
meetings he is being beat up by the numbers. It does not matter that
in 120 days he has raised 3 times as much money for the district as
was done in all of the last year. It does not matter that he is still
trying to get key people into key positions throughout the district.
His very, young professional life right now, depends on new units and
members. When we have our CCC meetings, the topic in force by those
at Council level positions, is the loss of these 80 units and how are
we going to make them up. Let me tell you, it is hard to make up
"WHAT NEVER EXISTED IN THE FIRST PLACE" (emphasis mine). The reality
is that most of these were "ghost" units used to increase
"evaluations" & "promotions."
I think if our "DE's" were allowed to concentrate a little more on
"program" with our "volunteers" then we would see an increase in
numbers as a natural by-product. Go back to the original intentions
of BP--it's all about PROGRAM.
Sorry so long-winded,
East Texas Area Council
3 Rivers District Membership Chairman