scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Volunteers vs. Professionals
Jack Cudney (jecudney@USWEST.NET
Fri Jun 23 2000 - 11:55:19 CDT
Continual problem here. I serve on the Health and Safety Committee as well
as Assist in training for summer aquatics staff. I am a certified BSA
Aquatics Instructor and have serve on the staff at NCS for two years. It
seems as though since I #1, Don't get paid and #2, have gray hair, I don not
have credibility. I feel as though the pros have forgotten that this is a
volunteer program with paid assistants. They certainly act as if it is the
other way around. I don't know if this is a case of terminal ineptitude on
the part of a few individuals, or the sickness of a beaurocracy that is
getting individuals that simply are not capable of doing the job.
I just keep putting my nose in and making sure that my presence is always
felt. In Aquatics, there are some pretty difficult restrictions to get
around. We can shut down some things if the rules aren't followed. Other
than that, I just don't fight it. Quiet resistance seems to wear a bit.
From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@listserv.tcu.edu]On
Behalf Of Bill Corwin
Sent: Thursday, June 22, 2000 11:33 AM
Subject: Volunteers vs. Professionals
Here's an eternal problem, and if we are truly scouters why can't we get
along? In the council I am in it seems there is alot of problems between
the "paid" and the "volunteers", maybe I'm a bit slow, and have only been a
leader for about 3 1/2 years, but what is the deal. Any Ideal on how I
might end this rift. It seems to me the only group lossing is the boys. We
teach the scout law and it seems we should also live by it. I just returned
from PTC and full of vim and vigor, and continuly run into this strife.
Enough for my soap box, has anyone had similar experiences and how can
you get changes to take place?
Thanks for you time,
ASM Troop 90/CM Pack 90
A good ole Bobwhite, too.