TAC (Was: Re: Non-US Citizens & BSA)
David D. Miller +49 6221 404415 (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Fri, 7 Feb 1992 10:49:55 CET
TAC is virtually a military organization. The TAC supreme council (or
whatever it's called) includes the top brass of US Military in Europe,
and a significant proportion of Council funding is directly from the
military. Because of this, the non-military Scouts in TAC have for some
time been penalized - e.g. for the last Alpine District Klondyke Derby
there was a price difference ($20) for the Geneva Scouts (diplomatic).
With the drawdown, and the restructuring of districts, Geneva (formerly
Alpine) is left out, and comes under "Direct Service". (The TAC Patch
loses another chunk of red :-( )
GSUSA also has separate arrangements for military and diplomatic
Scouts in Europe. North Atlantic Girl Scouts (look at the acronym!)
serves the military, some other organization serves the non-military in
the same geographic area. Each neighborhood is either NORAGS (changed
from the four letter acronym for obvious reasons) or not. Again,
the difference is one of military funding.
I said above that Geneva is now Direct Service. The parts of Alpine in
France also leave TAC altogether. There are four significant
military communities in the remainder of Alpine: Stuttgart, Heilbron.
Karlsruhe and Heidelberg. Virtually everyone else has gone, and both
Stuttgart and Heilbron are shadows of their former glory. For some
time now, Heidelberg has been the center of Alpine, especially since
the war and the start of the drawdown. Heidelberg and Karlsruhe are
now part of Three Rivers District; the remainder in Bavaria.
The effect of this on Three Rivers remains to be seen. Mannheim, formerly
a small community on the outside edge of the District, is now part of
Heidelberg MC, and Heidelberg and Karlsruhe together account for between a
quarter and a third of the new Three Rivers. The power struggle is now
on to see how much of the Alpine tradition we can transfer. (E.g.,
Three Rivers doesn't have a district patch. When we design one, will it
have a single lone pine on it? Three Rivers Klondyke is held somewhere
not too far away (near Frankfurt this year). Can we get next year's one
down to Kandersteg?) Yes, there is cooperation, but there may also be some
conflict. (To complicate matters, Heidelberg/Karlsruhe are US Army. The
rest of Three Rivers seems to be USAF.)
One other small part of the tale is the fate of the US citizens (and other
BSA leaders and members) who remain in communities which are closing down.
There are former Scoutmasters etc., who are non-military and work on the
German economy. When the community goes, so does BSA Scouting, but the
Scoutmaster remains! In one case, the Scoutmaster's job at the moment is
to check families out of their apartments, and then help transfer the
property back to the German government. When that's finished, he's out
of a job as well.
David D. Miller
Formerly in Alpine District; currently in Three Rivers District
Also in Heidelberg Neighborhood, GSUSA.
And still in Bezirk Rhein-Neckar, Land Baden, VCP.
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