RE: A Question on BSA policy/regs/documents etc.
Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Wed, 28 Oct 1992 09:23:48 CST
As stated last week, the following two items (I also listed the bin numbers
last week for you all) have to be ordered on a copy of the official order
blank and mailed to: Mail/:urchasing, S100 - Boy Scouts of America - 1325
W. Walnut Hill Lane, P.O. Box 152079, Irving, TX 75015-2079
Trading posts and Scout shops can not order these two items anymore -
however the new Guide to Safe Scouting is a good substitute and it is up to
date with most changes.
> The Rules and Regulations of the BSA - CSE - 492
> The Charter and Bylaws of the BSA - CSE - 491 (please note I have
corrected the title)
I had also suggested that people get a current copy of the Local Council
Articles of Incorporation and local council bylaws.
> Uniform Control Guide (I also have the "Uniform and Insignia Control Guide")
The above publication is now titled, Insignia Guide (no. 3064A, most
current 1991 but the 1992 should be out shortly). Please be aware that
ONLY the current edition is valid, all past editions are of only historical
interest. The Uniform and Insignia Control Guide has not been published
for several years.
It is published and updated annually usually around February or March. The
National Uniform and Insignia committee first meets, makes its changes,
then the booklet is published a few months after that, but it is every
year, and there are always changes.
> Leadership Training--policies, techniques, something....
----"Leadership Training Plans,Procedures, Materials , no. LG4169.
New edition just out. Look for the 1992 printing, as there are many
> Council Calendar
> BSA Special Events Calendar
> Fact Sheets on all aspects of the Scouting program
> The Council
> Council Executive Board Orientation Pamphle, no. LG3161A
> The District
> Guidebook for Commissioner Service (I think that's the title)
The Commissioner publications are:
Commissioner Administration of Unit , no. LG4120B
Commissioner Fieldbook Unit Services, no. LG3617B
Commissioner Helps , no. LG3618A
School calendars are extremely helpful when helping units plan activities.
-----Please be very sure you have the most recent Commissioner
publications, as ALL of the Commissioner books have been redone in the last
I also include the Chartered Organization Representation Training course,
no. LG3080, and ALL booklets that are entitled "Highlights of ....."
They are fairly new, about 2 years in publication now, and are for the
various district committee positions.
> 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???
However, the Thacher Woods Council book is SERIOUSLY out of date. We have
had so many changes just in the last 24 months, it is unbelievable. My
uncle is on the Council Executive Board of Thacher Woods and is, of course,
a "people resource" for me.
In answer to a recent question -- how does one keep up -- the answer is
FIRST read the "Letters" and "News Brief" column in your national Scouting
magazine. Changes are very often IMMEDIATELY effective, and are usually
listed here before even professionals have a change to know.
In reading these columns you will also find out things like what national
is updating and going to be publishing next.
Be aware that ALL publications in BSA are revised regularly and that
changes are always in these publications, but one needs patience to find
the changes. Later today I will try to give you all some of the most
recent updates that I have found, and where I found them.
The most important thing with our program is to keep up to date. It takes
a little time, but after your communication links and resources are set up
it works pretty smoothly. My overall important resource is the Scouting's
Library of Literature, no. 70-278, be sure to keep current. Again, this is
Hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City