scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Exorcise the ghosts
Tue Jun 06 2000 - 00:58:13 CDT
Somebody raised a good issue: Why are there ghosts when it's so difficult to
get registered sometimes?
Difficulties in registration, it seems to me, go hand in hand with ghost
units and ghost members. At best, such difficulties indicate a fundamental
breakdown of a basic tool of the organization, an organizational incompetence
that should be fixed.
But at worst it may indicate simply that the doctoring of the lists has grown
so difficult that legitimate members can't register.
Either way it detracts from the program.
Maybe now is a good time to go to our council executives and demand (under
the guise of asking nicely) that we get professional membership management,
with adequate computer resources, and competent people to keypunch the
When things run well, I hear, membership lists may be one or two years
behind. How can we tell the difference between general foul-ups and criminal
activity in that case?
Wouldn't it be better if we had working lists, so that any Scouter could get
up-to-the-minute information about whether their Youth Protection training
needs to be renewed this year, and so Scouts can find merit badge counselors,
and so Council advancement people have good data to work with and can track
down and push a little those kids who are close to Eagle, but otherwise
wouldn't make it?
Information is the lifeblood of a volunteer organization that works on the
cheap, as we do. Accurate records should be baseline, fundamental, absolute
basics for every council.