South Puget Sound Comm Coll (spscdir@WLN.COM)
Thu, 28 Oct 1993 08:01:22 -800
Has anyone been involved with a hostile merger where national BSA has
pulled the charter of one council and forced them to join a second council?
My questions are:
1) How did the larger or new council accept the people from the forced
2) What type of problems should the forced council be aware of?
3) How did it work?
The Tumwater Area Council, Olympia, WA., has been forced by
national to join the Pacific Harbors Council. Tumwater has fought the
process for at least three years. Region and National have said that they
are GOD and have not listen to the local needs of the people. Very bad
feelings exist between the people of Tumwater and National. My concern is
now that we have been forced to become a part of a large metropolean
council and we on the most part are rural, how do we make scouting work?
I know that this has happened throughout the country but we are now just
doing it. What experiences have others had?
My bottom line is that I want good scouting for the kids, and not
the politics. We need trained leaders, the new council does not have a
formal training committee. There are district committees but no
coordination. We have been trying to coordinate activities and make
training happen in the outback areas as well as the state capital. It has
now worked for the first time in years but I am concerned that the weak
training committee from the big city will forget about the people living
on Mt. St. Helens.
There are all kinds of rumors about Pacific Harbors and its
professional staff. None of which are good. We know some volunteers and
they are excellent scouters, but there is the worry if the largeness will
create problems at the troop level or at the training level.
I am just looking for shared experiences.
ASM troop 208
COR pack 279
Council Training Chair
and more but who cares as long as there is a good program for boys
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