Re: Recharter suggestions needed
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Sat, 16 Jul 1994 01:52:23 -0400
There are always a few leaders that hate paperwork and resent the need to
renew charters each year. Usually we try to make sure that the Committee
Chairperson knows that after a charter has lapsed that it is the Scouts
who will be hurt because advancements can't be processed (and if it
happens in error that advancement is not legitimate causing problems later
with Eagle applications), that attendance at activities is improper, and
most important that the unit may no longer enjoy BSA's insurance
protection leaving the leaders and chartered organization as potential
joint defendents in litigation with full liability. We also coordinate
with the Council Program Department and Advancement Chairman to see that
things temporarily come to a stop. In a few cases we've had unit
commissioners make a personal call on the Chartered Organization to point
out the same things. These steps usually pickup the reluctant units.
For the most difficult units, a personal visit seems to be in order. Its
very hard to have as many excuses face-to-face.
One of the other things we've done is to produce a local guide to filling
out the recharter paperwork that goes through the process step by step in
Because our district has nearly 200 units and about 6,000 Scouts, we have a
Deputy District Commissioner for Rechartering that coordinates the process
as a full time avocation. This helps us quite a bit.
Hope some of these ideas help.
Yours in Scouting, Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
Deputy District Commissioner Exploring, GW Dist., NCAC, BSA
Speaking only for myself, but with Scouting Spirit . . .
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