Re: BSA organization
Bruce Haugen (BHAUGEN@NDSUVM1.BITNET)
Tue, 21 Feb 1995 10:43:13 CST
Craig Bond recently posted an excellent summary of the structure of the BSA. As
a new troop committee chair, it was very useful. I have a couple followup
Craig, thanks for the post "BSA..a primer." I have been
involved in my troop for five years, first as an ASM and now as
CC, mostly to try to resolve some internal political problems. I
vastly prefer the ASM position. Our troop has been in existence
for 50 years, and we recently rechartered with 49 boys and 38
adults. We have tremendous adult support -- at any meeting it's
common to find at least a dozen adults.
I have some questions.
1. In my way of thinking, the purpose of the national council
is to bring a degree of uniformity to scouting nationwide. They
should set the scouting policies, goals, objectives and programs,
and further should speak for scouting and bring attention to the
wonderful work that is accomplished through the program.
But to what extent does the BSA national council also
determine the structure of the program at the local level? In
other words, what is the national council's role in setting the
structure for how scouting will be delivered? I have a specific
question in mind, but I will post it later.
You state that "These Councils are independent corporations
that are sort of like franchises in that they have independence
within the rules and regulations of BSA." Just how much
independence does each council, district and troop have within
these rules and regulations?
2. I would appreciate your views on the structure and role of
the troop committee. I understand SM and ASM pretty well, but
what role does the national council see for the troop committee.
We have a couple adult members who have been trying to erode
the responsibilities of the scoutmaster. I am trying to get us
back on track, as a troop. My conception of how this is supposed
to work is that the troop committee is the board of directors of
our organization. We appoint our scoutmaster as chief executive
officer, whose major function is to deliver the scouting program.
I do not like to micro-manage, and I vigorously oppose any
attempts by anyone to do so. I also see the role of the
individual sub-committee chairs as advisory to the full
committee. In other words, they do not individually set the
policy for the whole committee, but rather report the results of
their deliberations to the whole committee for adoption,
modification or rejection.
Is my model in keeping with the way that others see the
functioning of the troop committee?
3. Is the national BSA office or council on-line, and if so,
what's the e-mail address.
Thank you very much for your post, and even more for a
response to these questions.
Bruce Haugen, CC
Troop 11, Frontier Trails District
Northern Lights Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City