Scouting, Volume 38, Number 10, December 1950 Page: 7
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By QiexjXViy, Radcjesi
Asst. Director of Registration
★ The Local Council is like a tool room filled
with special equipment and devices designed
to meet every need. A man knows they are there
but sometimes doesn't have ready access to them.
Have you ever known Unit leaders in Scouting
who felt that they needed a better key to Council
There is such a key, a skeleton key which can be
used by anyone to open any of the Council service
doors. Its name is "Charter Review." The word
"skeleton" reminds us that we better drag out one
skeleton that has been lurking behind the door for
some time. This is the notion that a Charter Review
meeting is some sort of device to add to the Unit
leader's burden, to find fault with his performance.
Nothing could be farther from the truth. The Char-
ter Review meeting is a perfect clearing house for
all the problems, achievements, and hopes of the
Unit's leaders, and the opportunity to get new help
to solve the problems. At that meeting are as-
sembled all those who are able to do something
about the needs.
The process of stock-taking, evaluation of effort
and methods, of setting objectives, is a sound prin-
ciple in any enterprise. Many businesses fail simply
because this isn't carried out, or because the at-
tempt doesn't include the right people. The Unit
leader in Scouting is the executive officer of a most
vital business, that of influencing young lives.
The intelligent Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, or Ex-
plorer Advisor welcomes any forthright approach
which emphasizes the facing of facts, and demon-
strates the readiness of responsible people to help
him find ways of obtaining more gratifying results.
He recognizes that the Charter Review meeting
doesn't inquire into his personal performance alone.
It studies the extent to which his Committee, his
Chartered institution and the Scout Council are
discharging their duties in the administration of
the program. Let's assume for example, that the
Troop is moving slowly because the Scoutmaster
is carrying too much of the burden. The men at
the Charter Review meeting agree that there should
be an Assistant Scoutmaster of the same calibre as
the Scoutmaster sharing the load. The Troop Com-
mittee promises to go to work on the problem at
once, and the Neighborhood Commissioner tells the
men that he will help them with a sure-fire plan.
He also says that a training course is starting the
following month but mentions that before that time
he will give the new man some personal coaching.
The same methods are applied to each weakness
existing in the Troop's administration or program.
The men present decide whether the weakness can
be corrected by members of the Unit staff or Com-
mittee, or whether further Council services are
The Charter Review meeting is normally held a
few weeks previous to the expiration of the Unit
Charter. It is usually attended by the Unit leaders
and Committee, the Institutional Representative
and the head of the institution. Representing the
Council are a member of the District Organization
and Extension Committee and the Neighborhood
Commissioner who serves the Unit. It is through
these latter two men that the Council is made
aware of the Unit's needs for further services.
The Boy Scouts of America holds the Local
Council responsible for seeing to it that Scouting
is administered according to the terms of our
Congressional Charter, and that boys receive the
best leadership and program available.
The Charter Review meeting is the instrument
which the Council uses to carry out this respon-
sibility. But remember — this meeting is not only a
constitutional obligation of the Local Council, it is
a key to service, a way to help focus attention on
the Unit's needs and to bring to bear the cooperative
strength of Scouters who, together, can do some-
thing about those needs.
FOR ALL SCOUTERS
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