Re: Scouts-L / COR & Scoutmaster, A question
James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 17 Sep 1996 19:24:41 -0700
>Ira Wallenstein asks:
>>I have a question for all you experienced scouters.
>>I read somewhere a while back that the scoutmaster and chartered organization
>>representative could not be the same person. Am I correct? and if so where
>>can I find the rule written down?
This statement is made in the Rules and Regulations of the BSA, #57-492.
It is in Article VI (Local Councils), Section 3 (Local Units), Clause 7
(Chartered Organization Representative).
"In territory supervised by local councils, each chartered organization
shall appoint a citizen of the United States, other than the unit leader or
assistant unit leader, as its chartered organization representative to
represent it as a member of the district committee and as a voting member of
the local council".
The CR should be a member of the chartered organization. Even better if the
CR is an officer of the chartered organization. It is hard to represent the
chartered organization in the manner BSA envisions if the CR is not a member
of the organization. Look at "The Chartered Organization Representative",
#33118 for more on what the CR is and should be.
Admittedly (sp?) many CRs also serve as unit leader/assistant. There are at
least two instances in my District where the IH is the CR is the CC is the
SM or CM. And one of them isn't even a member in any way of the chartered
organization! Not good business, IMO. If you consider the reasoning behind
this, it does make sense. Consider the committe to
cubmaster/scoutmaster/advisor/coach relationship. The "business" of
Scouting is best served when the objectivity of decision making cannot be
This also is the reason why a CR is not considered a unit leader, rather a
council/district leader (silver tabber).
YIS, Jim Sheckels - I used to be a Bobwhite...SE 308-7 '82/'72-WWW-B'Hood
CR & CC Troop & Pack 742, Hope Mills United Methodist Church, NC
Member of NAUMS/District Advancement & Training Committee
3501 Farm Circle Rd, Fayetteville, NC 28306-8303
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