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  1. 2 points
    In the various councils I've belonged to, I've generally found the professional staff (above DE level) to be quite resistant to input from the field. They are either in problem admiration mode or dismissive. I fully understand that sometimes the answer is no, but open dialogue is not their strong suit. One way communication. This culture extends up to National as well. As @Eagle1993 mentioned earlier, this is a definite need for more transparency.
  2. 2 points
    Definitely a productive question (at least more so than "vote the bums out".) Info tech ... put forums on the front burner. Work more ever more closely with volunteer pool. Marketing ... even leaner font guide. Jambo ... sell big-zip tickets to visitors. Let college presidents (aside from WVU?) know that 25,000 youth -- most with academic aspirations -- will be in one place one week. Ask them what they would like to do about it? Supply ... until finances improve: print every document -- including Scouter and Boy's Life -- in black-and-white. Handbook for girls? The line to the young ladies should have been "Make due until we make money." Sell our literature at the WSJ trading post. SMs were telling me they were disappointed to not see it. Summit ... drop the name. Or, rather, use it for the best gathering location for scouts in each district, council, area, and region. Change the goal to developing properties for mini-summits (erstwhile known as summer camp) in every state. I could go on. But, to earn their keep, we need lot's of thought towards ensuring that anybody can scout well within 30 miles of home anywhere in this country. If we don't get it, don't worry, those positions will hit the skids as scouting under different organizations begins to rise to the fore.
  3. 1 point
    Just based on personal observation and some interactions with related services, I would suggest that some of these areas need to do a better job in developing their areas to be efficient and focused properly. Technology has gotten overall much better, but there are still huge problems with many of its tools and their interface with the core Scouters and even councils. Still, I also see similar issues within our own council; the difference is that they are generally volunteer jobs, so we have less room for complaining. Supply is also another area that is being left in the dust because it is not efficient much of the time. It too is better in many respects, but is not using the best methods much of the time. Marketing simply seems to be almost non-existent; at least it seems to me. Human resources again seems to not be doing what its title suggests, at least not on the council level. That of course bounces back to the salary discussion and where thos dollars might be better used and more directly reach the trench level. I really think the technology branch should be working to have some kind of direct connection, perhaps in an open source type of function, with the council volunteer "experts"; there are a number in our area that are truly frustrated with what they see as simplistic responses to issues and ignored by higher level "experts". How it could be developed to better utilize the ignored or lost resources that want to help is what National should be focused on; broaden the development to vet ideas from the ranks and use the best. Supply, besides simply getting stuff to the ranks, should have a serious, again volunteer integrated section to find the best and also most economic, but not "cheap" methods and materials. An example I could see in this regard would be publications. Much of it might be redirected to become "print on demand" with perhaps a very small segment of more traditional publication methods. Meanwhile, core material should be kept in easily edited files and regularly updated without actual paper printing; and most could be available directly to the volunteer levels. The cost of maintaining this type of setup might be a simply annual fee that is included in the registration costs. I know if I had to add $5 a year to that for keeping updated forms and requirements easily available on line I would not have a problem. Obviously, some still would not play well with that, but reality is that is the kind of fee that should make sense to most. And, very possibly, it could be absorbed if the effort was successful to make these annual costs more stable and directly understood. As a bibliophile and long term book scouting related paper collector, I would still enjoy having a well designed basic manual and pamphlet design for primary material, but even that might be under print on demand, just with a higher cost. There is something special about well designed in hand books, and good graphics are in demand, no matter the subject. Uniforming needs serious work, but mostly in the cost to make. We have to be missing the boat on this, period. It should not be as expensive as it is, and I am still naive enough to even think we could find a way to bring our basic uniform manufacture back to our own country. Related to this should be a National level exchange program that is focused in each council. Encourage outgrown uniforms to be brought in for someone else to use. Include a basic cleaning and repair element for them. Connected to this might be a historical uniform bank as well, since these are also official. As part of the method of supporting such a service, you might inlcude a old patch offering, made up from what may be stripped from donated uniforms. Unless these patches are really true collector pieces, they could be ths basis for scouts to start their own collection, as they would be no more than a few dollars, or even less for some. But that small amount would all go to support the larger service/program. It also migh actually include camping and hiking gear as well. Again, volunteers could help in sorting and making sure what is offered is still actually viable. Really old items might go to a museum of some kind, or be offered similar to the patches. The worst would be discarded, but as often as possible recycled. Who knows, there might even be a resource for council funding with some items optioned to the public in some manner. Much of this, of course, would require serious restructuring of the wasteful elements of all levels of professional people. As I have often suggested, nobody should not be able to NOT live comfortably on a half million dollars, plus generous, but valid benefits. After all, at least in BSA, "thriftiness" is supposed to be a focus. And maybe screening for professionals needs to include their acknowledgment that they DO have a ceiling on pay and its related benefits. Much of this is simply finding a way to refocus and reinvolve the volunteer elements from the ground up. That of course would be NOT simply ignoring them or insulting them. What do I know. I am old and thought Kennedy was going to take our country to a new level of prominence and honor.
  4. 1 point
    If it's this - I'm not impressed. National needs to be more aggressive. As the new leader, now's the time to set the tone. "Staff, I want a message out tomorrow."
  5. 1 point
    Excellent point. I haven't seen anything. I agree, a message is traditional. My hunch, based on Mr. Mosby's prior experience, he probably has a message ready but the BSA "newsroom" is taking their time publishing it. Looking through their archives, the newsroom has published five (5) articles since 20 Jun 2019. Their last blog post was from July 2018. https://www.scoutingnewsroom.org/ Given the tidal waves of negative publicity the BSA has faced over the last 2 years, one would think the official news center of Irving would be a bit more proactive.
  6. 1 point
    That depends on how you read St.John's Apocolypse. It ends with the City of God, a renewed Jerusalem descending on the renewed earth. We're stuck with this planet, even in the resurrection. That's a good thing.
  7. 1 point
    We have infinite quantities of solar, geothermal, and wind sources. We should use more of them and less carbon based fuels. There are other uses for hydrocarbons.
  8. 1 point
    I would be intrigued to know what these folks actually do on a daily basis to support the units and grow Scouting? Also, for every one of these there are the minions that do the actual stuff. Sure the average is $322 K annually for this staff, but how many other staff does this in fact spawn? What does the Director of National Jamboree do the other 3 years? What exactly doe the CSE and Director of Outdoor Adventures do? Maybe High Adventure bases, but those all also have GM's, wonder what value they bring and how many new members (you know the actual youth) this brings or members their efforts retain. I worked for a company, about 1 billion of so in sales, we had 12 locations (a distributor business) and handled about 40K orders daily. Our overall executive load was easily 1/2 of this, and no high end retirement plans. Point is I am sure these folks are busy, but what are they actually busy doing to drive sales (more youth)? Do they even have an idea what that work entails? When I ran one of our sites I would be out on the floor picking orders daily, seeing what our customers were ordering, working with the staff who actually did the front line work each and every day. On what do they do, this is the same question we ask about our DE when, on the rare occasion, actually have a question and may need some support...crickets...unless it's about Benjamins. Then he's all in.
  9. 1 point
    The advancement chair is correct. Someone writing a letter of recommendation will be more open about a scout if they know the scout will not read it. For the purpose of the requirement we want to have both the positive and negative. Otherwise it becomes a mere box checking.
  10. 1 point
    The Troop Committee decides how they want to handle approvals on Eagle Proposals. GTA
  11. 1 point
    I don't see where anyone is singling out the Mormon faith. In fact, the opposite seems true. For decades, Scouting worked to accommodate the wishes of the LDS church, to the point where BSA allowed a customized program within a program. I personally was never comfortable with that as I think Scouting should generally work in any faith environment or in any interfaith mix. Any minor accommodations should perhaps be more appropriately limited to the CO and unit level. I also personally had an issue with the gender disparities in the LDS church, as I do when they occur in any religion from Christianity to Judaism to Islam. If BSA had built a customized program for hundreds of thousands of Catholics, Jews or Muslims and then they decided to part company, I think we'd be having the same kinds of discussions. It has nothing specific to do with LDS. Scouting has been nothing but a good friend to the LDS church. Your proviso to part without rancor perhaps would be better pointed at LDS leadership, not BSA. As far as I can see, Scouters are sad to see these kids exiting the program and I hope it's clear that they will always be welcomed back should they decide they and their families miss Scouting.
  12. -1 points
    No, if Tahawk wants to quote something I've actually written where I "deriding all religious beliefs with a vengeance", he needs to. Otherwise, he's just lying about me.