SHOTGUN LODGE MERGER?
BRUCE C JOHNSON (JOHNSON@MAIL.LOC.GOV)
Tue, 23 Feb 1993 08:46:08 GMT
> Our new coucil has just been formed by the merger of two previous
> The newly appointed Staff Advisor... made very clear to all assembled that
> it was the express desire of the Scout Executive that both lodges merge
> themselves by December "or else..."
> The 'else' is that the S.E. says he will refuse to sign _either_ lodge's
> charter renewal then, effectively killing both lodges and leaving all
> current members of the OA with no home at all.
Ben, I don't believe this kind of 'forced management' can work unless
everyone keeps quiet about it. if it's brought out in the open what the
professionals are trying to do, they'll get put in their place.
And in this case, I believe their place is to let the youth decide. Period.
I don't think there is a way to fight this problem while in a vacuum, in
your own Council. You've got to get outside help, either from NAtional OA,
or from National BSA, since both ought to be concerned with what's being
done to the youth of your Lodge.
Has SEs position been brought to the attention of the Lodge Chief? to the
LEC? etc. What is the Lodge Advisor doing (is that you?) about all this?
PS. you should post this on CI$ in the Scouting section of the OUTDOOR
forum, as well as in the SCOUTER echo conference on Fidonet for added
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While I agree fully with everything you said, you should
know that National generally tries to avoid getting involved in
telling council Scout Executives how to do their job. No, let me
say that a little more directly. Short of doing something that
would directly destroy Scouting within the council boundaries
(and that's pretty unlikely), National won't get involved in how
a local council does it's job (as long as National guidelines are
not being ignored).
While keeping National informed may be useful, you really
need to start at home. Try to calmly but firmly explain the
negative implications of the SE's actions as you see it. Show
him any National literature which clearly backs up your position.
Look for reasons for why supporting your position will make the
council more effective (and by expension make the SE look good).
The SE needs to see why doing what you want him to do will serve
his own best interests, irrespective of what BSA guidelines may
If, after you've tried to enlist the SE's cooperation, you
still haven't gotten a satisfactory response, the OA lodge youth
leadership (Lodge Chiefs, etc.) need to go to the Council
Executive Board and make their case. Not only are these Scouters
the SE's collective bosses, but they really have the final say in
how the Council as a corporate entity exists. If the SE and the
Executive Board say one lodge rather than two, it's pretty
unlikely that the voting members of the lodges will really get to
do what they feel is right. I hate to say it, but at that point,
it will probably be up to you Steve, along with your fellow adult
advisors, to help make the merger work to strengthen the OA in
your council. Yes, it's far from an ideal world, but we will
lead by our example, and the example we should be following is
Sorry, this has turned out to be more like a sermon than I
intended. I know I deserve to be flamed for this. Please do it
directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bruce Chr. Johnson
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