Andrew Heath (HEATHA@BYUVAX.BITNET)
Wed, 13 Jul 1994 09:07:39 -0600
>Just as a technical note, your Unit is already covered by a set of By-laws -
>those of your local Council. What you should have are a written set of "Troop
>Rules" that reference both the local Council By-laws and those of the BSA.
>Also, these two documents need to be checked when writing your document. You
>must stick to both no matter what, and cannot create a Unit rule that would
>negate them. Other than that, this is something that the PLC of the Troop
>should be heavily involved in, if not initiating. Maybe give the PLC an
>adviser or two from the Unit Committee, and let them run with it.
>Jim Miller, Jr.
Thanks for the Advice, I have a copy ot he BSA bylaws and will be sure to get a
copy of our Council By-laws. I agree fully that they need to be followed. I
will be involving our Troop Commitee, but I run a Special needs troop and much
of what I want to cover will be above the level of my PLC. I do plan to involve
them in the process as well however. Infact one of our reasons for wanting to
write bylaws is a disagreemenmt we had with one of the parents. They seamed to
want a babysitting service, and not really have there son involved. This
misunderstanding led to them pulling there son from my troop, a great loss to
him. (I still see him and talk with him, and may get him back into the troop
This does bring up another point, Is there anyone else out there that works
with special needs Scouts, and have special rules to help govern 'special
situations'. IE: I have some scouts who have been in the Troop over 25 years,
have there eagle, and arn't seeming to progress anymore. We are starting a
Venture patrol, and hopefully a Explorer Post sometime down the line. (We tried
the Explorer Post first but couldn't get the extra leaders to set up a complete
new unit, Yet). This has caused our Commitee Chairman to wan't to set some age
limit in our bylaws, which I am very much against.
Thanks for everyone who has sent suggestions, keep them comming.
Yis, Andrew J. Heath (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I used to be an Owl...
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