Support of the program..
Steve Souza (76703.633@COMPUSERVE.COM)
Fri, 19 Nov 1993 10:50:27 EST
quoting From: Jim McCullars JIM@UAHIS1.UAH.EDU
>> Any BSA leader who opposes BSA policies while representing BSA as one of
>> their leaders should have their membership status seriously reviewed in
>> light of their desire to support the program and the organization.
> Did you mean to imply that I, as a Scoutmaster, must not express a
> negative opinion about a BSA policy without having my "membership status
> seriously reviewed"? Would expressing a dislike for the New Scout Patrol
> concept at a Roundtable put my membership in jeopardy? If not, where would
> the line be drawn?
Nope... didn't mean to imply that at all. What I intended to convey was the
thought that someone "representing" BSA (to those outside of the program, or
to Scouters from other countries, etc... (like on the list here)) should be
presenting the 'party line'. What happens "within" the organization in the
way of questioning the program is the main avenue for change from within...
and I support that completely.
Kinda like I might complain to my wife about my kids, but to anyone outside
of the house, I praise them no matter what. (or better yet... I never
complain about my wife outside of the "family", only to her at home <g> if I
expect to stay married).
The BSA is the same way... complain to your fellow Scouters at gatherings
where there are ONLY Scouters, but don't complain in public. Even if you're
not "officially" representing BSA when you complain in public, you present
the image (as a Scout Leader) of representing BSA as far as the public is
concerned. In that situation, leaders have been handed the boilerplate "we
don't want you anymore" letter and had their $7 returned and their
Take a look at the Welsh vs. BSA case for cites if you like.
++ Steve Souza CompuServe 76703,633 ++
++ Exploring Division firstname.lastname@example.org ++
++ Public Relations Chair RBBS-Net 8:914/405 ++
++ Santa Clara County Council Busilink 10:108/1 ++
++ GlobalNet 51:1800/1 ++
++ Brotherhood member OA ++
++ Miwok Lodge 439 >>-->-->> BBS: 408-227-4865 ++
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City