Andrew Heath (HEATHA@BYUVAX.BITNET)
Wed, 13 Jul 1994 08:55:52 -0600
>I'm not sure to what extent bylaws are common in other associations, but here i
>n the UK in the late 1980's HQ was getting so fed up with the comments of "it s
>ays I can in "The Guiding Manual", but my District Commisioner says I can't....
>" that they banned all local bylaws. (Thats the Guide Asssociation, not hthe Sc
>outs, by the way!). Although we may not agree with ALL the regulations, we shou
>ld argue to get them changed, not just break them!
I agree, the purpose of the bylaws should not be to contradict or change, BSA,
Council, or District policy, but to outline how local troop actions are
governed. Some troops call this troop guidelines rather than bylaws. This can
be helpful when prospective scouts are investigating the Troop. Just give them
a copy and then you won't worry if you forgot to tell them about something. It
can also help with disputes with parents. IE: It's easier to say "You had a
copy of our guidelines before Johnny started Scouts" rather than "I explained
that to you befor Johnny started Scouts."
Many of the things we have discussed here, are the type of things I want to
include. Like dues, how medicine or permission slips are handled, ect...
Often times however, Things are overlooked and by seeing what others have done,
we might find something we would have otherwise forgotten to include.
If anyone would like a copy of what I compile from my request, let me know and
I'll be happy to share what I learn.
YiS, Andrew J. Heath (email@example.com)
I used to be an Owl...
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