Re Troop Assets
Daniel W Brown (dabrown2@VT.EDU)
Tue, 19 Sep 1995 13:01:40 +0600
You raise some interesting questions. here is my two cents worth.
>If a troop holds a garage sale and sells any excess or surplus
>camping equipment are they in error for selling our sponsor's
In most units, the chartered partner is not interested in managing the assets
of the unit even though they legally own them. As long as the money goes
back to the unit treasury to be used for unit expenses including new equipment,
I cannot see where they would have an objection.
> Does the sponsoring organization have the right to use ( or sell) the
> equipment, trailers, etc.?
Yes. In one unit that I was involved in, the church asked to use some camping
equipment once or twice a year. Planning on both ends made sure that the
equipment was idle when needed. In my current unit, we occaisionally have
individuals make unauthorized use of troop equipment. But these problems
usually occur because of a lack of communication.
The sponsor would also have the right to sell any equipment, but doing so
might indicate a serious communication problem between the unit and the
sponsor. Trailers are a whole seperate issue because of liscensing and
>What happens if a troop changes sponsors? How can the troop take the
>equipment with them.
The easiest way is to get both sponsors to agree to transfer the assets. This
is not always easy when the parting is not friendly, but I have seen it work.
Back in the mid 1970s, we worked out such an arrangement between the
a Freinds Group that has sponsered the unit for its first six years and the
university recreation department that took it over.
>Can a "friend of the troop" own the equipment?
Sure. I own some equipment that I regularly loan to the troop but I can see
where the friend might incur some liability problems.
The bottom line is that most units don,t have enough of or the type of assets
to interest the sponsor. In all the units that I have been involved with, the
sponsor was happy to leave the care and distribution of assets to the unit.
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