RE: A Question on BSA policy/regs/documents etc.
(no name) ((no email))
Tue, 27 Oct 1992 16:24:15 CST
While the current Scoutmaster's Handbook is pretty complete with forms
ready to be photocopied and explained, there are several booklets that
form my "fieldbook" when going to teach/coach a course. These are not all
inclusive, as anyone that have seen my LARGE binder will tell you; these
are the ones that in my opionion, speaks the best for the BSA and
the policies that they go by (*as of 1992*):
(I am on campus today...so I don't have the BSA catalog numbers handy. If
you like, I'll repost this message later on inserting the numbers and
prices (if I can remember them). Hey, if you're on the District Committee,
how about getting that DE or EE or DD to get these for you?? Unless the BSA
have gotten really cheapo, each DE (or any other exec for that matter) has
a Supply Expense account in which he or she can order publications for
little or no cost for his or her volunteers. Its limited...paraprofessionals
got only $300 for the entire year, so I would imagine that fulltimers got
about $600-750 a year. Ask about it!)
The Commissioners' Fieldbook
Advancement Guidelines for District and Council Scouters
Exploring in the District
Exploring in the Council
The Rules and Regulations of the BSA
The Bylaws of the BSA
Uniform Control Guide (I also have the "Uniform and Insignia Control Guide")
BSA Leadership Training--policies, techniques, something....
BSA Special Events Calendar
Fact Sheets on all aspects of the Scouting program
Council Executive Board Orientation Booklet
Guidebook for Commissioner Service (I think that's the title)
And lots more. When I get home, I'll post what EXACTLY I have in that four-
pounder! That way, I would be happy to share what I have (except for some
items that as a former Parapro, I CANNOT give out (like old directories of
Scouters @ national and statistical data and stuff like that (I can type
it out, but cannot send the stuff...makes sense, right??) ).
I'll also list the catalog numbers/"source code" so that if you're interested,
you can beat your professional staff up getting it for you!
Please note, Don, that many, if not ALL of the publications are available from
mail from the BSA Distribution Center in North Carolina. If you cannot get
them from your Council office, try a nearby one...lots of times, they have
this material out on the "front counter" because they have no other place to
store it...if we volunteers don't get it, it gets trashed!
Also note that several Councils have responded to your and others's interest
in knowing EXACTLY what the policies of the local Council are, and have
printed "Scouters' Handbooks". The best one that I have seen (and used) is
the one that the Thacher Woods Area Council (outside of Chicago) has used.
It is complete, leaves little to ask for, and where it lacks, the BSA pubs
pick up. I wonder how many other Councils have similiar books???
Oh yeah.....I also have the BSA Guide to Safe Scouting and several other
guides for completion of awards and programs. Again, I'll send out this
evening a directory of what I have and where I got it from (Hey Jessiann..
guess who's gonna be at the terminal tonight??? Nope, not you!).
Finally, again, as I have posted earlier....the publications only serve as
a basis for local Council's policy! Please check with your local Council
to see if they have a policy booklet available for your review. As Kathie
posted this week, ALL local Councils (not just the CAC), have a copy of
their bylaws available for review by you or me or the press or anyone.
Ask for a copy...they HAVE to HAVE IT...BSA requires it before they can
be chartered as a Council. They also have annual reports and other statistical
data (national does too...each region does too....) available for you to
have as part of your "four-pounder".
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City