Guy J Duprey Jr 207-723-2676 (DUPREYGJ@BOWINC.COM)
Mon, 25 Aug 1997 15:00:41 -0400 (EDT)
I am very new to this list, and therefore somewhat reluctant
to write about past experiences with the BSA. But after
reading some of the resent posts, I think that my
experiences may relate to attitudes that many of you have
In 1991 several adults in the area went to Sweden for a
business exchange program and returned with an invitation
from the local Swedish Scouts to attend Natura '93, Sweden's
National Jamboree. We were thrilled, and planning soon
The BSA was not so thrilled. The local council even less
than thrilled. They went sofar as to try to stop us. We
persisted in our endeavors, and thru the support of the
local Girl Scout council we succeeded. The girls were
involved because, in Sweden scouting is a mixed bag. Not a
bad a idea, with proper planning and supervision.
We needed to raise enough money for 17 people to go, 12
scouts (8 boys, 4 girls,
1 male adult, 3 women adult chaperons). We ended up raising
approx. $22,000 in 2 1/2 years, thru various fund raisers
and donations. The area troops were very upset with that
and thought that we were taking money from them. The fund
raisers that we scheduled we not anything that they had ever
done nor would think of doing, nor would we schedule
anything when the local troops either boys or girls had
something planned. Therefore not intruding in their events.
Keep in mind that all scouts involved were members of these
same area troops.
We were expected however to turn over 10% of all proceeds
from all events to the area council. But they, when
approached by myself, requesting ONE council patch PER boy
scout for trading purposes, (as a show of support from their
council) was DENIED.
Needless to say we got there without their help. To make a
long story short, not long after we returned, it did not
take the local committee long to start finding faults with
my VOLUNTEERISM, and not being around for their events. I
had provided the CHAIRPERSON a copy of my work shift
schedule for an entire year so that she could see what I was
working. No, I did not expect favoritism, and things to be
planned around my working, but merely as an understanding of
what I was up against.
I have been out of scouting for almost two years, and yes I
do miss it, not the people that I was involved with, but
what it can do for the kids.
Some people seem to forget what it is really intended for.
Anyway, thanks for listn'n in!!!