Re: Troop Assets
Ted Burton (tedburtn@CRIS.COM)
Wed, 20 Sep 1995 06:13:54 -0600
As an attorney, I am sure there is an answer somewhere with respect to each
unit, but I would caution that there can be variations unit by unit.
National may have a standard view of what ought to be, or each sponsor may
have an idea of how it ought to be, but in neither case would it
necessarily be so. First, someone actually bought the stuff; that creates
one presumption. Somebody provided the money to make that purchase; that
creates another presumption.
If the sponsor bought the stuff with the sponsor's money, and said to the
committee "you guys may use my stuff", then it clearly is the sponsor's
If the sponsor said, "here's my signature and don't bother us until
re-charter," and if the boys in the Troop organized and staffed a
fundraiser, and then used that money to purchase the stuff, with the
purchase being physically organized and checks written by the Troop
Committee and the Treasurer, then the stuff likely belongs to that
unincorporated association consisting of the members of the Troop.
And then there was the Troop my friend and I took over in Anchorage, after
the former SM had run off with the equipment.....
I have never had the luxury of having a Charter Organization that purchased
anything for a Troop. I have had three Troops where the boys raised the
money, selected the stuff, and paid for it through the usual procedural
channels for $. As far as I am concerned, it was theirs to the extent
minors can own anything, and technically the Committee's as fiduciaries for
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