Re: BSA: Unregistered parent
Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Thu, 21 Sep 1995 07:52:04 -0400
On Wed, 20 Sep 1995, Stephen Rex Goode wrote:
> Perhaps I should ask specific questions. Some have been partially answered.
> Opinions are welcome, but cited policy would be preferred.
My books have walked off, but here are answers as I remember them:
> Can he fill committee positions?
No. Committee members are registered scouters.
> Can he serve on a Board of Review?
No. A BOR consists of 3 or more members of the troop committee.
> Can he chair a Board of Review?
No. I infer that the chairman must be a member of the board, therefore a
member fo the committee, therefore registered.
> Can he sign requirements in handbook?
No. Except for cub scouts, parents don't sign requirements in handbook.
That is up to the scout leaders. (I forget whether the PL can sign off
requirements, but I believe he can.)
> > Can he counsel a merit badge?
No. Counselors are registered scouters. Registration is free.
> Can he drive for outdoor activities?
Yes. Chauffeurs need not be registered. They should be listed on any
required tour permits, though.
> Can he participate in day outdoor activities?
Depends on what "participate" means. If the parent isn't needed as
driver, what purpose does his/her presence serve? S/he could serve as
part of two-deep leadership, I suppose.
> Can he participate in overnight outdoor activities?
Same as above.
> Can he teach skills in troop meetings?
Probably so. But, why? Scouts should be teaching other scouts scout
skills. Its part of the learning process to teach someone else. If jsut
adults are the instructors, scouts miss out on part of the scouting
> Any others?
Some troops suffer from too few adults, some from too many. Adults
should remain in a background "support" role, whether registered or not.
Program execution should be by the scouts.
Paul H. Brown, UC, GW District, National Capital Area Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City