Re: Unit Sponsorship by Not-For-Profit
Shawn J Ashe (SJAshe@AOL.COM)
Wed, 25 Sep 1996 20:25:25 -0400
Subject: Unit Sponsorship by Not-For-Profit
> I am looking into forming a not-for-profit corporation
> that will be chartered as the Troop's sponsor. If anyone here can give
> me some examples of a set of by-laws for such a group, I would be
> very, very grateful. I have a lawyer who will do the work of adapting
> anything I give him to fit Illinois law, but I figure that I will get
> much better response from him if I can give him something to work with.
I'm sorry Ron, but I think this is a big mistake.
The Scouting unit is the result of a partnership between a
chartering organization and the BSA.
The scout troop, pack or post is considered one of the youth
programs of the organization (in our case at Notre Dame de
Lourdes Church, a part of the youth ministry).
The organization already exists, and is looking for a way
to provide outreach to the youth of its membership and its
community. By choosing Scouting, it agrees to a level of
responsibility that is necessary to support the program.
You can create this artificially by creating a non-profit, but
will this organization really exist, or only be an artificial
construct used to create the troop?
In the short run this will work to create the troop, but in
the long run, will there always be people available to chair
a board of directors for the non-profit, as well as chair the
unit committee? Will those involved in the non-profit be able
to provide the resources and needs of the unit, as well as
provide the additional support to the Scouting district? Will
there be a membership in the organization to draw from to
help find leadership and youth members?
And in times of crisis, when there are differences of opinion
about direction of the unit program, or selection of leadership,
you will have eliminated a path of support that may have helped
to resolve the problems (and arguments will be even worse because
of the image of "conflict of interest" by those on both the
unit committee as well as that of the non-profit.
I would recommend returning to the Park District, with your DE,
and discuss the aspect of selection of leadership in an open
and productive way. It is easy to see that they have already
agreed to the membership requirements by sponsoring a pack, and
I'll bet an open discussion would clear the way (a little bit
of working the board of directors, quietly, goes a long way).
The DE is trained to deal with this issue... make him a
partner in solving the problem here, or you may lose the pack
as well (now that they have come up with the idea).
Shawn Ashe (email@example.com, http://members.aol.com/lowellbsa)
Notre Dame de Lourdes Troop 26, Lowell MA
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