James A. Sheckels (JASHECKELS@AOL.COM)
Thu, 5 Oct 1995 20:44:41 -0400
Maybe if you let the PTA know the type training Scout leaders have available
to them (Basic, YPT, roundtable) and show them the requirements developed by
BSA to further protect youth and leaders (driver requirements, Tour permits,
auto insurance, etc) they would understand that the BSA covers many bases.
OUR job as leaders is to comply with the BSA policies, not find ways around
them or give in to the "it's only Scouts, we can do what we want" attitude.
You are the best assurance your PTA will have. My experience (over the last
30 years) is that the units who insist on trained leaders and follow even the
nit pickiest BSA rules/policies seem to rarely have any sponsor problems,
much less legal problems.
Every child deserves the chance for QUALITY programs led by QUALITY leaders,
Scouting or not. How many other programs are available in your area that
provide the same standard that BSA can? And then provide the safe FUN and
Best of Luck, our prayers are with you.
YIS Jim Sheckels I used to be a Bobwhite....
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City