Monday, November 12, 2007

The Centennial Quality Unit Award - Unit Training Slides

Howdy. Units are still struggling with the centennial quality unit awards. In addition to the excel spreadsheet to assist with the planning, number crunching and tracking part, we've added a powerpoint presentation that explains the process and criteria a little bit more. The spreadsheet is optional, but it uses it to assist in explaining the criteria. I used this at my roundtable and it seemed to help.

It is at and all the pages with the spreadsheet for the award. Actual location is at


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Andy McCommish

"Service Hour Syndrome" strikes again! "Show up for the blah, blah, blah and you'll get service-hour credit," says the Scoutmaster. Ouch! What he's really teaching here is "don't do nuthin' unless ya get somethin' fer it!" Whatever happened to the notion of "Show up and help out, because THAT'S WHAT SCOUTS DO!"? Do we really want to teach our kids that they shouldn't lift a finger unless they get something back for it? Or do we want to teach them that the joy of giving to others is the best possible "payback"? Besides, in a world that's abundant, their efforts on behalf of others will come back to them -- It's just that it won't necessarily be "linear." Waite Phillips said, "You don't truly own something until you give it away." We don't "own" the Scout Slogan until we put it into action by giving ourselves away. No, this isn't self-sacrifice or martyrdom; it's SCOUT SPIRIT. Not a bad concept to live by, by the way.
Happy Scouting --

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