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Olan Watkins (o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Thu, 17 Nov 1994 06:35:00 UTC
To Bill Blair
There are some what are called complete groups here in the US, a Pack,
Troop, and Post all sponsored by the same organization, and may share some
common committee people, especially the Charter Organization Representive.
However, very likely the reason behind the major difference between the US
and the United Kingdom Countries, is the ownership of the Scouting units.
As I understand it, in your country, the Scouting Group owns the units and
may make arrangements for them to meet in a church or other groups
facilities. In the United States, under the BSA, the church or whatever
group owns the Scouting units, not some group associated with Scouting.
For example, let us take a church. They may have a lot of young kids in the
church or in the neighborhood that they are located and decide that they
should have a Scouting unit to serve that age group, so they charter a Pack,
but that is all they want or perhaps all their facilities will support.
Another church may have an older group of kids, and elect to sponsor a Troop
to serve that group, or more likely a group of parents or other interested
persons will go to the church and tell them that they need to furnish a
Scouting program and they the parents will supply the leadership.
But the main thing is that in the BSA, the church or group owns the Scouting
units and can elect to offer what type of unit that they want to, each
sponsor is completely independent of all other sponsor, and the choice is
theirs. Thus there is no overriding Scout group. The District organzation is
the closes thing there is to your Scouting Group, but all they can do is ask
and plead with the sponsors to also sponsor other units, but they can not
force in any way.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City