scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Volunteers vs. Professionals (longish)
Sun Jun 25 2000 - 17:14:35 CDT
<< Take a training course. You really hit one of my "hot buttons" on this
I guess my first reaction is that a DE's job is to make sure that certain
important volunteer activities happen. Training is, or in my mind should be,
a wholly volunteer activity. If there is a hole in the operation a DE may
step in an fill it, but he or she should simply provide a way to fill it. I
don't see the necessity of a DE being at every activity, training included.
On the other hand, I have seen DEs at training (not just when they are being
trained) but generally not for the whole course.
Again, I see DEs as a go to sort of person, not a supervisor of volunteers.
In otherwords he or she is there to help if you need him or her and call on
him or her. He or she should manage (if that is the word at all) by
exception not by direct supervision. In other words I would only expect to
see a DE if there were trouble. But then I don't want, particularly, to see
a DE unless there is trouble.
Yours in Scouting,
G. John Marmet
Troop 156, Glenview, IL