BOR/Troop Committee Registrations
Kim Hannemann (khannemann@WORLDBANK.ORG)
Wed, 30 Oct 1996 14:05:52 +0000
Who says all is new? Here is Jim Sheckels's research quote from a
discussion of a year ago concerning whether or not Troop Committee
members must be registered, related to the same BOR discussion we
have been having:
"Now I go to the Rules and Regulations of the BSA pamphlet (emphasis
"Article VI (Local Councils) Section 3 (Local Units) has several
clauses which apply:
"Clause 8 (Unit Committees) paraphrased, each chartered unit shall be
under supervision of a unit committee consisting of three or more
qualified adults, 21 years or older, selected by the chartered
organization (or community group if chartered org is a community),
one of whom will be chairman.
"Clause 10c (Packs), Clause 11c (Troops), Clause 12c (Teams) each
state that 'the active adult leadership shall be designated
collectively as Cub Scouters/Scouters/Varsity Scouter and
individually as pack/troop/team COMMITTEE MEMBERS, (each clause then
lists the titles of each leader position). They shall be appointed
and COMMISSIONED as outlined in the Bylaws and these Rules and
Regulations. These Cub Scouters/Scouters/Varsity Scouters shall be
required to meet the same MEMBERSHIP requirements and leadership
responsibilities and shall have the same privileges and opportunities
as provided for all unit Scouters.'
"Article VIII, Adult Leadership Section I, Clause 2. "Unit Scouters.
All adult members REGISTERED with the unit, except the COR who shall
be considered a council Scouter". (Yep, that means the COR is a
silver tab wearer, not red/blue, etc!) Section I, Clause 5 (Approval)
"All recommendations for COMMISSIONS or certificates of membership
for unit, district and council Scouters ... are subject to the
approval of the local council....Said recommendations for unit
Scouters must be approved by the head of the chartered organization
or COR." (This is why the adult application has all those signature
lines on it.) Section 3 (Commissioned Leadership) Clause 1 (Issuance
of COMMISSIONS) "All individuals in unit leadership positions...shall
be issued commissions by the BSA".
"Article XI (Business....Registration) Section 3 (Registration)
Clause 10 (Procedure for Registration) "All applications shall be
submitted on official forms prepared for that purpose...". Section 3
Clause 11 "The Corporation shall issue to each approved registrant a
suitable certificate of membership or commission designating the
applicant's official relationship to the BSA". (Your membership
"As a recap - Unit committee members are COMMISSIONED leaders (not
Commissioners, who are also commissioned). To be commissioned, you
must be approved by the Council and the Charteres Organization. To
be approved, you must complete and submit the adult application, and
all required signatures must be on it. Along with this goes the
annual registration fee. Therefore, to be a member of any Unit
Committee, you must be registered."
You can help out without being registered, but you are not a member
of the Troop Committee and cannot (officially) sit on a Board of
Review for any rank other than Eagle.
You can be multiple-registered, but there is no BOR ambiguity there
because you can't be a unit leader (SM/ASM) and be on the committee
in the same troop. You can't sit on BORs (except Eagle) if you are
not registered as a unit scouter (primary or otherwise).
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City