scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Volunteers vs. Professionals (longish)
Judy Yeager (jscout@MWIS.NET
Sun Jun 25 2000 - 11:59:16 CDT
Neil Lupton wrote:
> <snip> Take a training course. . .who likely brought the equipment, was there
> early to set it up, made the coffee, taught the session that nobody wanted
> to teach (maybe on fund raising), stayed late, did the clean-up and then took
> away the equipment. Likely the DE. <end snip>
Neil and the List -
You really hit one of my "hot buttons" on this one! As Training Chair of a
district that has a District Director and 5 DE's, this scenario is a real pipe
dream! While our DE's are required to at least make a showing at all District
events, it is very seldom that there is ANY DE presence at a training event in
this District unless we have a new one who is registered as a participant. And
on those RARE occasions when one of them does come, it is usually for an hour or
less. Set up and clean up? Surely you jest!
I once "baited" a DE and asked why we always see every DE at an event such as
Camporee but never see even one DE at training. I asked if it was because they
trust us and don't trust the Camporee folks, or is it because they think we know
what we're doing and don't think the Camporee folks do. He was hard pressed to
give me any answer. More recently I have been told that the Training Team is
such a well oiled machine it doesn't need their attention! The big inconsistency
here is the fact that both events are being run by basicly the same group of
Now, before anyone takes exception to what I say, I realize that this district is
not "typical" in any way, shape or form and that you mileage probably does vary.
I'm glad that some of you trainers do have the full support, not just moral
support, of your DE staff.
. . .and a good ole' Bobalope, too. . .