Jim Miller Sr. (JJMSR@AOL.COM)
Fri, 13 Oct 1995 14:48:20 -0400
On October 5, 1995 the National Office of the BSA sent a memo to all Scout
Executives re the situation with PTA. In this memo, they indicated that the
national PTA has just sent a statement to their State, Council and Local
Presidents re liability insurance coverage provided by BSA.
The memo goes on to state that the PTA memo misrepresents the BSA liability
coverage. BSA has notified PTA of this and of their desire to assist in
providing accurate information re the insurance.
SE s are advised that they will probably be receiving calls and are provided
with a copy of the primary insurance endorsement. This endorsement verifies
that we do carry primary liability insurance for all chartered organizations
the memo states.
A number and name in the Risk Management Dept is provided for SE s to use if
they need further assistance.
TO: State, Council and Local Presidents
Board of Directors
FROM: Joan Dykstra
RE: National PTA and Boy Scouts of America
This is in response to the many inquiries we receive about our relationship
with the Boy Scouts of America. I hope the following information will make
the situation clear to you.
- The National PTA has not considered the Boy Scouts of America as a
cooperating organization since 1989.
- That is because the Boy Scouts will not indemnify PTA leaders who sign
agreement to sponsor a Boy Scout troop.
- Without indemnification, a PTA leader could be held personally liable
any legal action against the troop, its members or leadership.
- That means that the PTA member may be sued for personal assets.
While the Boy Scouts do provide some liability coverage, it may not extend to
personal liability insurance for troop sponsors. If you do decide to serve
as a sponsor anyway, we urge you to consider purchasing additional personal
liability insurance for yourself and for the other members of your local
END OF PTA MEMO.
Please refer all questions re the above to your local Scout Executive. This
information is provided by me in order to clarify much of the speculative
discussion which has occurred regarding this topic in the last week or so and
doesn t represent my own opinions in any way, shape or form.
Hope this helps.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City