RE: Chartered Org. Rep
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Sat, 13 Mar 1993 13:24:26 CST
Steve Souza <76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM> writes:
>Bob, I see that besides being in the OA (Order of the Arrow), you are a
>Chartered Organizational Representative (COR) for your Troop & Pack.
>I have been a COR for a Post for about 2 years, and am still getting my feet
>wet as far as the dutues and responsibilities. Can you (and other CORs on
>the list) share any insight, experiences, 'war stories', etc. for folks like
>me who are new to the COR positions.
>What kind of things should I do with/for the unit? What about the annual
>Council board meeting? I'm a long time Scouter, but a short time COR.
Good afternoon, everybody! I hope that everyone is safe and
comfortable. JessiAnn and I are listening to CNN tell about the
storms all along the East Coast as well as in the south...as for us,
we only got a small sample of what everyone else has received already.
But, it still looks rather icy and miserable to me...
I'm in the process of going thru all of the "held" mail that I've had
back since February, so a lot of the postings to the list will be on
old topics which were resolved earlier or on current topics without a
resolution to them. During the coming week, I hope to get several
answers to some of the old postings so that I can provide accurate and
most current information. I apologize in advance if by my replies I
am "dredging up" old topics...
Steve, the way I see the chartered organizational representative's job
1) You represent the organization that "owns" the Scouting Unit to
both Council and organization. You're the go-between between the BSA
(and the local Council) and the organization that you're a part of.
You should be aware of policies of both organizations and how they
relate directly to your organization.
2) You ARE the "spokesman" for your organization on all matters
pertaining to Scouting. Use this as an advantage. If your
organization has a newsletter, bulletin, or BBS, maximize
opportunities to tell your employees (and indirectly, the head of the
organization) what your unit is doing. As a former COR, I filled
every month's newsletter with information of what my Scout troop was
doing, what the Explorer post was doing and even highlighted some of
the youth of both units so that the organization knows something about
what Scouting is doing for them. I also included calendars, no more
than 2 months in advance, marking the significant Scouting/Exploring
events were happening.
This worked really well and as a result, we had more parental and
organizational support (and it also helped, I feel, my boss who got an
award from the military for his "supportive youth programs").
3) You are the person who approves all leadership for your units.
Take that responsibility and again use it to your best advantage.
Insure that all of your adults are aware of the BSAs youth protection
policies, I'm sure that all of your adults oare aware of your organization's
policies. In this manner, you will insure the highest possible amount
of adults with "least problems" for your units.
4) Finally, you're the person that helps establish goals (both
long-term and short-term) for the organization's dealings with your
unit. Many times an organization will "take on" responsibilities of
chartering a Scouting unit without thinking what kind of things they
are going to need--facilities, money, personnel, tranportation,
etc.--as time goes on or even for such events as summer camp and
Exploring Superactivities. Those things tend to get lost between
discussions of Troop/Post committees and senior adult leader
(Scoutmaster/Advisor). Early intervention can resolve many of these
Good luck with your role and sorry that this reply is late in coming
back to the list!
Mike L. Walton
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