More PTA liability
Bob Rosebrough (rosebro@GGPL.ARSUSDA.GOV)
Fri, 20 Oct 1995 06:51:57 -0400
Am I missing something here? My original posting concerned COMMUNICATION with y
our chartering organization and no one seems to
get the message!! We are inundated ad naseum with comments on legal points when
most of the problems can be solved by simply
communicating early and often with your chartering organization. If you have to
result to attorneys, there is a massive "failure to
communicate" in the words of Cool Hand Luke.
Okay, here is a recipe to follow:
1. Leaders - get involved with the dreaded PTA in a big way. Become a membe
r of the executive board. When the issue becomes
a persona, you win big time!! They find out that you are as interested
in kids as they are.
2. Participate in PTA sponsored activities - take a leadership role in fund
3. Invite the children of PTA officers to join Scouting - Ask the officers
to become Scout leaders.
4. Ask PTA officers and members to attend meetings of the Pack or Troop.
5. In the initial series of contacts, keep the philosophical discussions to
a minimum (i.e. girls in Boy Scouts, whether or no there is
a God, sexual orientation etc.). Ultimately, when the rubber meets the
pavement, we have more in common with the PTA than
not. We are both working, or should be, for the benefit of kids and our
own biases have no place in either program.
There are plenty of suggestions I could add, but I don't want to hog the line.
ASM Troop 601
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City