Re: News Note
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Thu, 23 Apr 1992 10:19:04 CDT
What SHOULD have happened a number of years ago, was that all of the
Scout units move to chartering org. that are churches, etc. That usually
does allow the freedom (quaranteed by numerous Supreme Court decisions) of
our organization to establish membership guidelines, just like everyone
else (INCLUDING the PTOs of your town).
Units do survive much better, with much stronger support generally when
attached to a religious org. When was the last time your PTO actually sent
their C.R. to VOTE at a district annual election (and did that person
actually study and ask questions about the nominated candidates);
when was the last time your PTO C.R. attended a COUNCIL annual meeting to
voice the opinion of their SCHOOL and PTO. That IS how it is meant to be.
We find that most schools do not actually take the BSA program in as part
of their program for youth. (There are, of course, exceptions, and we
have an outstanding example of that right in my own district in Chicago
Area Council, where the BSA program is indeed flourishing in an after
school program sponsored by a school -- and it is keeping the kids involved
off the streets - away from drugs for a little while anyway -- and the boys
seem to love it -- catch: the school (not the PTO or PTA) is actually
using our program (the software, if your will) for their youth program (the
hardware) and it works.
Always remember that BSA is a program (software) and it is given to C.O.s
to use (the hardware) as part of THEIR youth program. If they have no
youth program, and no wish to run and be responsible for one, they have no
need for BSA. How could we possibly even run this list if the software was
provided, but there was no hardware to use it on?
Think about it ladies and gentlemen! Our program is 82 years old - the
software changes (sometimes it seems like daily) but it DOES remain - yes
we have our membership requirements, but then, so does the PTO. (If it is
official that is.)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City