scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Fw: Re: Volunteers vs. Professionals (longish)
Daniel E. Smith (dansher@SPRYNET.COM
Sun Jun 25 2000 - 15:08:05 CDT
> The professional's job is largely to do things that the volunteers won't
> can't do .
>The DE serves Scouting and communities and
> sponsors and tries to provide good quality Scouting for as many boys as
> reasonably possible. Individual units have their own concerns and very
> often are far more concerned with their own needs than with the overall
> of Scouting.
> We sometimes hear (or say) it's all just a numbers game. Yet, aren't
> trying to provide great Scouting for as many boys as we can. And I do
> real Scouting, not just registered members. One way to know how we are
> doing is to measure membership and participation and compare it with
> years. Are we growing or shrinking? Are we providing true Scouting to
> more or fewer youth?
> There's another thing I have noticed. Take a training course, for
> The volunteers run the course, do the teaching and get plenty of ego
> stroking in front of the group. But who likely brought the equipment,
> there early to set it up, made the coffee, taught the session that
> wanted to teach (maybe on fund raising), stayed late, did the clean-up
> then took away the equipment. Likely the DE. And then, he or she
> had to go to an Eagle Court of Honor or Blue and Gold Dinner. The pros
> frequently stay in the background letting us volunteers do the things that
> are fun.
> Sometimes not. Sometimes, pros have to make tough decisions or do tough
> things. And pros do make mistakes. They are human just like all of
> and each pro can have hundreds of volunteers watching them looking for
> One final factor. Scout Executives do OK for pay, but District
> aren't well paid at all. So that DE who is in the office from 8AM to
> then at a meeting or Court of Honor, plus at a district Camporee on the
> weekend may well be worrying about making ends meet.
I can't add much. An excellent post! We don't always get the things Neil
has pointed out but most of the time we do. We are all in this together and
more boys will be served if we work together.
Scoutmaster, Troop 221, Oakwood GA
Chattahoochee District Commissioner, NEGA Council