Re: BSA: Unregistered parent
Gerald Belton (gbelton@MAILHOST.TCS.TULANE.EDU)
Thu, 21 Sep 1995 08:33:50 -0500
Obviously, not all parents will want to become registered members. That
doesn't mean they cannot be valuable troop resources. Now, for your
>Can he fill committee positions?
"Committee Member" is a registered position. So probably not.
>Can he serve on a Board of Review?
>Can he chair a Board of Review?
I would prefer to use registered members if possible, but as far as I can
tell from reading the Scoutmaster's handbook, un-registered adults are
>Can he sign requirements in handbook?
Requirements can be signed off by the Scoutmaster or by any person the SM
designates. In our troop this includes youth leaders who have already
completed the rank in question for requirements up to first class. So, yes.
>Can he counsel a merit badge?
No, merit badge counselors must be registered.
>Can he drive for outdoor activities?
Yes. He has to have a valid driver's license and adequate insurance; see
the Tour Permit Application for details.
>Can he participate in day outdoor activities?
>Can he participate in overnight outdoor activities?
I don't know about you, but I personally would never presume to tell a
parent of a Scout that he or she was not welcome at any activity. And I
certainly would never let my child go on an overnight campout with anyone
who showed any hesitation about having me go along.
>Can he teach skills in troop meetings?
Anyone who is willing to teach a skill at a troop meeting is welcome to do
so. Don't just rely on your adult members and troop parents. Outside
resources add interest and variety to the meetings. Speakers can be
recruited from Fire Departments, Police Departments, local industries, and
all of them can make valuable contributions to your meetings. Two EMT's
from Murphy Oil Corporation taught First Aid and CPR to my Scouts last year,
and we look forward to having them back again.
New Orleans Area Council
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