Unit Committees in Other Countries?
Turba, Thomas N RV (tnt1@PO11.RV.UNISYS.COM)
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 16:55:00 -0600
This is a question on unit committees for Scout and Guide units outside the
In the Indianhead Council of the BSA we are in the process of setting up an
experiment. Currently, each type of Scouting unit (e.g., Cub Pack, Boy
Scout Troop, Explorer Post, ...) is organized as a separate entity. Each
has its own unit committee that decides how it is run.
Many times, a Cub Pack and Boy Scout Troop have a loose affiliation when
they are sponsored by the same organization. They often have the same unit
number (e.g., Pack 297 and Troop 297). They are, however, separate
organizations, with separate unit committees.
The experiment is to have 10 troops and their corresponding packs be joined
so that there is one unit committee that covers both the pack and troop.
The troop and pack will each still have a Scoutmaster and Cubmaster. There
will be no changes at this level or below. It is only on the unit committee
level that there will be a change. What were once two separate unit
committees will now become one.
>From my travels to other countries, I know that it is common to have a unit
structure that covers both younger and older boys, or boys and girls, and
possibly even Rovers. What I would like to know is how a committee of such
a joint unit is run? How it serves the needs of two different, but similar,
groups? And, are there written guide lines for the operation of such a unit
For example: What things are done together and what are done separately? Is
fund raising done together? Is there one unit treasure? Are there joint
campouts or picnics? Is there one person that tracks advancement for both
groups; or, does each group have its own person? .......
Any advice or reference you have would be appreciated.
Please send replies to my primary e-mail address below. Copy the list if you
feel the information is of general interest.
Yours in Scouting
T. N. T.
Thomas N. (Tom) Turba
Indianhead Council, BSA
St. Paul, Minnesota
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