Scout Executive Minute
I’m sure you have heard many sayings about change. “Change is constant.” “Change is inevitable.” There is truth to these statements but even more so is the statement that organizations that don’t change will eventually fail. I firmly believe that we must change in order to be successful and in my first six months here we have made changes some more significant than others that will help us grow for the future. Recently the Executive Committee made a significant change that was a financial necessity and I want to give you the details so you fully understand what prompted the change.
As part of the monthly budget revue with the officers of the council it had become apparent that the operations at Camp Verdugo Oaks were losing a significant amount of revenue each year and creating a very large financial drain on the council. CVO is a critical part of the council’s operation and it is imperative that we keep it open and operating, so the Executive Committee started a discussion on what was the best plan of action going forward. The decision was made that effective June 1st the full-time ranger position at Camp Verdugo Oaks is being eliminated and will be replaced by the role of a caretaker. While the caretaker will reside in the residence at CVO and will help with the care and maintenance of the camp, the hours required are part-time and there is no monetary compensation. To help with oversight of CVO, we have reinstituted the volunteer campmaster corps that will staff the camp on weekends and work with the units on check-in and check-out procedures. These changes will provide significant budget relief to the council while not affecting camp operations. This was a difficult decision and one that took months of discussion to finalize, but it is the right decision so that we can keep CVO as a viable asset to the youth of this council. As always feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
The Burbank Friends of Scouting Event is this Friday, May 13th from 4:00pm to 6:30pm at De Bell Golf Course. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and business associates to come find out more about Scouting in the council and at the same time help raise funds to support the programs of the VHC. For more information and to RSVP contact Maral Hindoyan at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Glendale Friends of Scouting Event is Thursday, May 19th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the GlenArden Club. We need your help in inviting your friends and business associates to participate and help support the VHC. For more information and to RSVP contact me at email@example.com
As always thank you for all that you do because it really does make a difference.
Mark Kraus, Scout Executive