scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: UK-Scout Association Survey
Alexandria Lone Scout (scouts_alex@HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 13 2000 - 22:44:18 CDT
The UK Scout Association at least trys to find out what its volunteers want.
BSA above the local council doen't give a rip about the membership except to
keep the numbers up. They are law until themselves.
Some years ago a group that I was associated with proposed a new merit
badge. Not a trivial exercise and probably doomed to failure unless funded
by some donors. The proposed subject was Flag Study or Vexilology. The
initial answer from the Advancement Committee staffer was "flags have no
part in the scouting program." That's a quote. Apparently the guy had never
been to a unit meeting, attended Wood Badge, or read a Handbook. The
turndown was not a surprise but the reasons were a real shock. He later
refused to talk to us by phone. I once overheard a muffled "tell them I'm
not here" when we tried to ring through for a conference call. Finially he
flatly refused to answer our mail.
Yessir. How to encourage the masses to support the organization.
My experiences with our local council have usually been un-satisfactory
unless it is a routine custodial function. No new ideas are allowed. Some
councils are apparently more democratic than others. Direct Service is not
democratic at all. I can't even get a list of names and addresses of the
executive committee members. "You have no need to know" is the response.
Needless to say they will never get another dime out of us in support. If we
could register with Transatlantic Council I'd switch in a heartbeat.
The short answer is that BSA National doesn't want better two way
communications with the members.
My Spin. I hope others have had better experiences.
Phil Abbey, Scoutmaster
Alexandria Lone Scouts
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