Re: BOR & ASM's
Tue, 7 Feb 1995 20:38:05 -0500
On Mon, 6 Feb 1995 23:21:16 CDT "Settummanque, the blackeagle"
<Apology for "long-winded" posts deleted for brevity H^H^:D>
<Rick Clements' quote deleted>
>Actually, Rick, the BSA is trying to eliminate ANY kind of coersive
>influence in the advancement program...<remainder deleted>
>The BSA only wants FIVE men or women at the most to serve as Assistant
>Scoutmaster. Everyone else needs to be registered as Committee
>Member. Why five? One serves as the "Admin ASM" and the other as the
>"Logistics ASM". The other two serve as ASM-New Scout Patrol and as
>The intent is to keep as few adults as possible from being in an
>position to "do something negative to children". If you had a Troop
>with 18 adults ALL registered as Assistant Scoutmasters, the ability
>for one of those adults to harm a Scout increases significantly...
<risk management discussion deleted>
That is probably well for a troop which has active ASMs. However, since the
BSA wants to limit the number of ASMs, would this limit be upset by
registering youths who have crossed over intothe adult program? Or, is a
movement to an Explorer Post being encouraged? Since ASMis the only adult
position in the Boy Scouting program that an 18-21 yo can be legally
registered, what of the mannish boy who wants to stay registered with his
troop while he is away at college?
>The other part is you *can* be members of more than one unit (called
>dual registration or dual-hatting, depending on where you are), as
>long as you establish ONE PRIMARY REGISTRATION. The BSA says that you
>cannothold two or more registrations anymore. The one that you have
>PAID MONEY FOR is your PRIMARY REGISTRATION (and the one in which you
>wear the shoulder loops for). Everything else is secondary to the
They have special, padded cabins for those who wear more than six hats at
>Until they do this, they are NOT legal.
And, if they are not legal, that could put the boys' advancements in
jeopardy, especially if a challenge comes up at an Eagle board (don't laugh,
it does happen!).
As part of my commissioner job, I try to give good instruction to the troop
leaders with whom I work. It's amazing how many unit committees don't know,
or don't want to know, how to do it the Boy Scout way - they all think their
reinvention of the wheel is better than learning and using an established
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City