Re: BSA REGULATIONS
Sun, 9 Feb 1997 17:28:49 -0500
At 2:23 PM 02/8/97, paccerelli wrote:
>Just signed onto the list for the first time today. I could sure use
>some help in researching the BSA regulation concerning hiring/firing of
>Next week I am responsible for the "class" at Roundtable. The subject
>matter deals with authority-who has it and how is it exercised? Some
>resources indicate that the troop committee has authority/responsibility
>for the management of the troop. This would indicate some line of
>authority from them to the scoutmaster. Other resources say that the
>troop committee exists only to "advise" the scoutmaster and there is no
>expectation of their making decisions re scoutmasters.
>Does each District make its own policy?
>Any insight and or direction would be greatly appreciated.
As a person who has been through the experience of having to "resign" a
Scoutmaster, both as a ADC/commissioner and from my own troop (how I became
Scoutmaster, here is the rule:
THE TROOP COMMITTEE can bring the Scoutmaster before the parents, and have
the parents confront the Scoutmaster for whatever he did. After the
parents have their say, the Scoutmaster then may explain his actions.
Afterwards, the committee can vote for whatever action they feel is
warranted, including replacing the Scoutmaster with someone else (or just
asking for the Scoutmasters resignation if there is not an immediate
replacement). Remember that both the committee and the sponsoring
institution gives written/signed approval on the SM application. They can
also remove the Scoutmaster if warranted (no longer has approval to be
If the parents call the Scout Office or any commissioners, the parents
should be told to attend the troop's committee meeting to aire their
complaints. Should there be anything illegal (verbal abuse, physical
abuse,...) then the individual parent needs to file with the police with
notification to the district executive. If the court finds the SM guilty
of the illegal action, then he will immediately be removed from the SM
position and "blackmarked" from the BSA (loss of position, loss of
registration, and sometimes loss of Eagle Scout rank).
Again, the committee has the responsibility and first action unless the SM
has done something illegal. The Sponsoring Institution should also be kept
informed or involved.
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