Re: Dual Chartering
Bob Condon (rec@EPOCH.COM)
Fri, 10 Feb 1995 09:26:04 -0500
> Now we get to the problem. The pastor wants to bring the Troop back under
> the parish umbrella for several reasons. First, although we technically
> belong to the Knights, the general public views us a belonging to the parish
> and would go to the pastor about anything involving the Troop and won't buy
> the answer they don't belong to me. He needs some measure of control.
> Second, the Troop has done a lot for the parish and he would like to help
> provide for the Troop financially. For the cost of enrollment of each
> family in the youth progams, the parish will pick up BSA registration and
> all operating expenses for the Troop.
I would NEVER recommend this setup because once you are controlled financially,
you no longer control the program. The troop should ALWAYS financially
> Third, the pastor is trying to
> consolidate management of ALL youth activities into one body.
BSA is not a youth program within the church. It MUST stand alone
and not be lumped into "ALL youth activities ".
> Unfortunately, this governing body is the same one that chewed us up and
> spit us out 17 years ago.
History is a wonderful indicator.
I predict you will have the same problem with the troop and warn you.
I left the Catholic Church and all it's youth activities at the age of 16
and started attending the local Congregational church and its youth activities
because THE KIDS got to plan and execute the program. The priest
planned and dictated what was to occur at the youth group and was
intolerant of any changes. He was a real nice guy and I got along
with him very well... But.. Kids had their place.
Oh, I met my wife at the Cong. church at a youth event, was married 5 years
later after college and have been married 19 years! She helped me plan
and cook for 44 teenagers on a ski trip for a week when I was a senior
in High school (She was a Junior) and a found a real life-time team partner!
Always the best,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City