Scouting, Volume 67, Number 5, October 1979 Page: 76
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College (from page 66)
Eventually he arrived at a theory proved in
his study: If he could get people who were
unfamiliar with Scouting but willing to
learn, he could train them well enough to
do the commissioner's job. And once
motivated and skilled, they could step into
unit leader vacancies if those vacancies
threatened the unit.
"My most successful ploy was to call on
units and recruit fathers. It's a one-on-one
approach. There are always some dads
hanging around troop meetings. Oh, I
tried other ways to recruit, like writing
letters. But forget them! The personal
attack got results."
These Atlantans learned
must be one-man
advisers, and coaches.
Someone commented on the beautiful
job Bill Allen did on the cover and on
developing a common style for each page,
nicely bordered with lines and bearing the
thesis title on every leaf. "It helps to be a
mechanical engineer and someone who
teaches high school drafting," Allen said.
"I remembered someone once advising me
that in preparing reports, having a good-
looking cover is half the battle." But just a
brief flip through the thesis revealed that
in this case you could tell the book by its
At the conclusion of the two-day Ph.D.
seminar, at least three of the group had
decided on the subject for their thesis
which would hopefully win for them a
doctor's degree next year. Unit Commis-
sioner E.H. Lawson, an avid Toastmaster,
decided to concentrate on the relationship
of Scouting with Toastmaster's Interna-
tional. Paul Borowski. studying public
relations and advertising, would home in
on how outdoor ads help Scouting. And
Bob Claunch, who had personally organ-
ized more than 100 Scouting units of all
kinds, would summarize the best of his
techniques for extending Scouting.
A welcome change of pace in the out-
door classroom regimen was a display of
camping and Cub craft skills. Students
tried their hand in striking flint against
steel to make fires, clambered across a
rope bridge in a pioneering exhibit, fash-
ioned an origami bird from one sheet of
paper, and did much more. By the time
most of the commissioners had sampled
the displays, Bill Zieburtz and two helpers
had appetite-tempting rib eye steaks siz-
zling on a charcoal grill. It's been cus-
tomary for the council commissioner to
treat to steaks. "Last year," Zieburtz ex-
plained, "I couldn't make the supper and
the guys handling the feeding felt that
those attending the college wouldn't mind
having chicken. I never heard the last of
that. If I hadn't brought the steaks this
year, I'd probably have done better to
have stayed home."
Next day just before the final lunch,
students of the College of Commissioner
Science lolled in the giant dining lodge.
Woodruff Hall, comparing reactions of
what they'd learned. Said Assistant Dis-
trict Commissioner for Roundtables Bob
Wood. "Most valuable part of the two
days was hearing the different viewpoints
from other course members. We learned
some better ways to increase adult par-
ticipation in our roundtables. From some
people in my course I got the suggestion
that best results come from laying re-
sponsibility for some part of the roundta-
ble directly on a certain person and ex-
pecting the best."
"Not too long ago I never even knew
what a commissioner was," commented
Unit Commissioner Amos Browning.
"This weekend I came with a lot of ques-
tions. I left with ways to approach the
answers. I hope I can make a good com-
missioner. I don't know if I can be a
psychologist, adviser, and coach all in one.
But I'm going to try."
In his closing remarks, guest speaker Dr.
Perry Ginn. senior vice-president of Days
Inn of America, and a former Baptist
minister, spoke of reaching goals. "Set
worthy goals. Focus on attaining your
goals one by one. Make use of your gar-
bage can, that is, throw away your failures
and old successes. Look forward. Energize
to achieve your goals." Ginn quoted Win-
ston Churchill who said to students at
his alma mater, Harrow School, "Never,
never, never, never, never—give up."
Then each man and woman stepped up
to receive a diploma or, in the case of the
doctoral candidates, a diploma and a
flashy silver and black neckerchief. For
the Ph.D.'s it was evidence of patient
waiting, considerable work, and achieve-
ment of a goal set four years ago. For those
five, and a great number of the other
commissioner-students, it seemed as if
they had already taken Churchill's advice
to heart. ■
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