Who gets what BSA publications
Michael Holmes (MHolmes@MAIL.CORETECH.COM)
Sun, 27 Aug 1995 09:49:44 +0000
I just ran across Sue Chatterjee's note to SCOUTS-L, and I would like to
expand upon it for (I hope) the benefit of everyone (with appropriate
apologies to my International Scouting bretheren).
There are many, many BSA publications that are mailed to adult volunteers.
Which publication(s) you get depends upon your registration code. Even
within a single publication, such as "Scouting," there are different
inserts, depending upon what position you hold in Scouting. As Council
Commissioner, I get almost all of them -- and I can tell you that's alot!
Normally there's no problem, but if you are registered in "multiple"
positions, you need to be careful about which is your "primary" position --
that is the one that will determine the publications you receive. As a
generalization (and I know there are exceptions) anyone acting as unit
leader or unit commissioner should list that as his or her primary position
(I would say, if one were both, that unit commissioner would get you a more
comprehensive mailing -- principally both Boy Scout and Cub Scout
information). The reason is that there is information you will receive in
those positions that is vital to your duties.
The problem, of course, is that it is difficult to know whether you are not
receiving something you should be receiving. My advice is to check with
your Service Center. They should be able to ascertain very quickly your
primary registration. If it is incorrect, all you have to do is to fill
out the top portion of an adult registration form (unless it require
approval by a specific person) -- and you can do that at the desk.
One other note of importance. When you multiple register or change "jobs,"
be sure to put your old identification number on the new regisitration
form. If you fail to do this, all of your records, which are on the
computer, will be permanently deleted because the program will assign you a
new number unless the old one is entered manually.
I realize all this information is technical and may have little to do with
helping our Scouts, but I have met a number of volunteers who were angry
and frustrated because they lacked this information, with the inevitable
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City