Okay, the BSA hasn’t really created a new position, but maybe it should.
We live in an information age, when all sorts of information is coming at us like water from a fire hose. Just think about the number of emails, Facebook posts, tweets, and text messages you see in a day. In Scouting alone, we’ve got Scouting magazine, countless official and unofficial Facebook pages and email lists, council newsletters, LinkedIn groups, Pinterest pages, and blogs like mine. And there’s probably still somebody out there discussing the latest Scouting news via semaphore or Morse code.
Many leaders don’t have time to drink from the fire hose of information that comes at them every day. So they just go blithely about their business, ignorant of information that could help them do a better job.
What to do? Name a nozzle control officer for your troop. Figure out who your most in-the-know leader is–and then challenge him or her to share the most relevant information with the rest of your leaders on a regular basis, whether that information comes from Scouting magazine, roundtable, a blog post, or some other source. While this could take a lot of different forms, I think the best approach might be a weekly email of bullet points with links that let people get more detail. For example, an item about a new merit badge could include a link to the requirements at scouting.org or to a Bryan’s Blog post. Think of it as your own version of Reader’s Digest.
I’d love to hear what you think about this idea and how you disseminate important information to your fellow leaders. Post your ideas in the comments section.