DAVID GILLHAM (david.gillham@ALMAC.CO.UK)
Fri, 18 Nov 1994 19:33:00 +0100
Olan Watkin writes to Bill Blair
OW>However, very likely the reason behind the major difference between
OW>the US and the United Kingdom Countries, is the ownership of the
OW>Scouting units. As I understand it, in your country, the Scouting
OW>Group owns the units and may make arrangements for them to meet in a
OW>church or other groups facilities. In the United States, under the
OW>BSA, the church or whatever group owns the Scouting units, not some
OW>group associated with Scouting.
OW>But the main thing is that in the BSA, the church or group owns the
OW>Scouting units and can elect to offer what type of unit that they
OW>want to, each sponsor is completely independent of all other sponsor,
OW>and the choice is theirs.
See the point but it's not quite an accurate reflection of the way the
U.K. Scout Group works.
All of Olan's comments, including those above, apply in principal to
U.K. Groups as well, difference is that if a church sponsors a Scout
Troop, it is still a Group in its own right. If that same church then
later sponsors a Cub Pack and/or a Beaver Colony etc, these units become
an integral part of the same Group. We also have a District structure,
so I doubt that BSA Districts equate to U.K. Groups, they are more
likely to equate to U.K. Districts.
In general terms, sponsorship of this kind is rare in the U.K., the vast
majority of Scout Groups being unsponsored or "open", and thus most
Groups boast most of the sections and, in many instances, multiples of
the same section (e.g. we have a local group with 2 Beaver Colonies, 4
Cub Packs, 4 Scout Troops and 1 Venture Scout Unit - but this sort of
size is exceptional).
The basic differences between U.K. and BSA here would seem to be not the
Group structure (as it does appear from Olans comments to exist in a
similar form although rarely used), but the perception of potential
sponsoring agencies with a wider flexibility allowed for in the BSA
system. Whether that's a good thing or not I can not comment.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City