Re: Girl Scouting Questions
Settummanque, the blackeagle (WALTOML@WKUVX1.BITNET)
Fri, 17 Sep 1993 11:10:42 CDT
Stephen Salyards <salyards@EURIDICE.ESS.UCLA.EDU> writes:
Having been around the BSA for a while, I am quite familiar with
how it is structured and organized. Now my wife is in the process
of helping to start a Daisy Girl Scout Troop and is running into
some friction. My suggestions are usually prefaced with "If it's like
the Boy Scouts then..." but I would like some better information.
(situation deleted only in the interest of space)
Now the questions:
1) In the BSA the Chartered organization is the basic entity and "owns"
the troop. How important is the "sponsor" of a Girl Scout Troop,
does the sponsor matter, and can the council "chose" a troop's
sponsor for them?
Steve, the Kentuckiana Girl Scout Council "charters" all
of the GSUSA units in the 54 county area. They really don't
care if a unit has a "sponsor" and for the most part, most
have one that only provides them a place to meet and nothing
more. The Council cannot "choose" a Troop's sponsor for them.
Therefore, my feeling is that the GSUSA's sponsor is little
more than PR for the school or church and has little effect on
2) What is the basic structure of a GSUSA Troop and Council? (id est,
is there a troop committee and if so what are the minimum
required positions, what is the connection between troop and
District/Council (Unit Commissioners? District Commissioners and
ADC? District Chair?, Chartered Organization Rep.?) et cetera?)
Steve, a GSUSA Troop has a leader and a co-leader (no assistants).
They manage the program for the eight to ten girls in the Troop.
Councils vary in size, like BSA Councils do. At the Council level,
there are professional and volunteers staffs (more professionals
than the typical BSA Council has) that manages various aspects of
the local Council's program.
In the Kentuckiana Council, the Council is divided into several
Service Centers (five to be exact), each with four or five
professionals and around 30 or so volunteers that manage the
Service Center's programming and activities and implement the
GSUSA programs. There is a professional Service Center director
(equal to our District Executive/multiple person or a District
Director in larger Councils) and a volunteer Service Center
chair (like District Chair).
There is nothing like our Commissioners or Commissioner Staff
except for the 16 Service Unit Leaders. They are responsible for
organizing and promoting the GS program in a particular neighborhood
(in Louisville, and at Fort Knox, they are called "neighborhood
leaders") but many are also serving double duty as unit leaders
Then it is further divided into the units themselves.
I presume that most of these will be answered for my wife when she
attends leader training in a couple of weeks, but the initial response
our friend got makes me wonder how different the structure of GSUSA is
from the BSA. I realize a complete answer probably takes a few volumes
(the BSA version does) but short answers will do for now.
Hope that I could be of help!
Mike L. Walton
former Girl Scout Service Unit Leader
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