BSA: Executive Board Requirements
Jim Miller, Jr. (jmillerjr@LSFCU.ORG)
Tue, 22 Nov 1994 12:45:00 EST-5
Hi all. I hope someone can help me with this one. The immediate past
president of my post concurrently served asPost President, EPA Chairman,
and as a youth member of the Council Executive Board. He has now been
made a member of that board's Nominating Committee (appointed by the
Council President) in order to increase the amount of youth influence on
The Nominating Committee met last night and he ran into a problem he did
not expect. He entered the nominations for the OA Lodge Chief and EPA
Chair without question (although the CE objected to the EPA Adviser). He
proceeded to present the idea of offering Board seats to the Presidents
of the two APO chapters that exist in our Council. Upon doing this, the
Council Exec pointed out that there is a limit of two Youth
Representatives to the Board and that the APO Presidents would be
"youth" beyond this number.
The CE brought out a resolution from National that had neither a date
nor a confirmation of acceptance. This resolution states that Article
VI, Section 7, Clause 2 of the Bylaws of the Corporation states:
"Cluase 2. The executive board of each local council shall consist of:
...and (e) not more than two youth members, who shall be registered Boy
Scouts or Explorers appointed by the council president with the approval
of the executive board to serve for a term of 1 year. The..."
His questions on this point are many.
1 - Is this actually a current part of the BSA Bylaws?
2 - Is there some restriction on Executive Board positions to be 21
years old, similar to Scoutmaster/Post Adviser?
3 - Would these people be considered youth if they were not currently
registered as Boy Scouts or Explorers?
4 - Why would anyone attempt to restrict the youth input on this
extremely important level of the program?
5 - If the Bylaws read as stated, how does one begin the process of
having them changed to mandate a minimum number of youth positions on
Never mind answering number 4, since there could be no good reason for
this anyway. We all know this is a youth program. IMHO, the board needs
to reflect the views of 18-25 year olds at least as well as it does any
other age group.
It should also be pointed out that our CE has an extreme dislike for any
strong, vocal youth in the program, especially those who have no fear of
going against the CE's thoughts. One of the APO Presidents is our
immediate past Lodge Chief who fought the CE on several issues last
The newly appointed EPA Adiviser mentioned above who was also one of
those vocal youth who fought the CE when I felt he was wrong.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City