Re: College Scouting
(no name) ((no email))
Mon, 17 Jun 1991 18:40:00 EDT
BSA Does NOT Approve of such "dual registrations" anymore....and most Districts
will sneer in your face after the DE or EE tells you about the new policy...
The polciy is designed to keep Districts from "accepting anyone that cannot
get into a unit" (not my words). Many units are using the strigent leadership
guidelines sent out to local Councils and are refusing to allow "outsiders"
to join unless they know of them or someone in the unit can "vouch" for them.
Districts are being asked to LIMIT the number of "members at large" to keep the
structure from becoming too large AND TO KEEP UNDESIRABLES FROM "PCIKING AND CHO
OSING" UNITS TO "PLUNDER" AS MEMBERS AT LARGE.
What odes this mean for the well-intentioned college student in a new community
and Scouting is his or her only touch to reality?? Five things.......
One, that they continue to be registered at HOME. Registration in Scouting
is good anywhere...as long as the Council or Distrcit knows you.
Two, that College students and others relocating need to have a TRANSFER FORM
IN HAND if they intend on continuing Scouting in a new location as a part of
a unit. Scouting is discouraging "multiple registrations accross Council lines"
because it distrupts the counting and personal responsibity (read that insurance
tnd liablity) costs associated with Council operation (different Councils pay
different insurance premiums and have different limits on damanges..)
Three, that if College Students and others want to continue OA membership they
MUST BE REGISTERED IN A UNIT (NOT THE DISTRICT OR COUNCIL). In the past, One
could become a member of several different local Loadges by paying the Lodge
fee and a registeration fee to become a Scouter. No more. OA members (youth)
are members of a UNIT....and not of a District.
Four, the position called "COLLEGE SCOUTER RESERVE" (College Reserve) will be
phased out to end in calendar year 1994. The problem was that many college
students used it as a way to stay active without being a part of a unit or
district stucture. District leaders balked at the idea that they have 94 peopl
e on their District roster....44 or so (half) are college scouter reserve
members and therefore do nothing for the district or service area. National
has NEVER even resolved what that role of the CSR is or was. (the position was
a carryover from the time that Exploring ended at 18 and there was nothing
a Explorer can do except serve as Assistant Scoutmaster. )
Finally, Councils are being more aware of the needs of college students and
are meeting those needs throung programs like ASK and collegiate Scouter Explore
r Posts and Varsity/Venture Teams. These programs add the number and units t
the District and Council and affords the greatest protection aganist abuse of th
program and the youth in the program. (read that to mean that Councils would
rather count you IN A UNIT rather than as a District or Council staffer. Units
are worth more to a DE than having extra hands twice a year at a Camporee.)
I have had this fight with various Regional and national pros and volunteers at
several forums, formally and informally. This is what is coming down the pike
as the BSA tries to tighten its standards for youth membership and adult leaders
Settumanque!@ HEY! I was a member of NINE Councils and SIXTEEN LODGES AT THE
SAME TIME.....IT DIDN'T CORRUPT MY BRAIN!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City