Re: Support for GSUSA leaders
James W Schoonmaker. Jr. (schoony2@JUNO.COM)
Sat, 15 Feb 1997 10:45:45 EST
On Thu, 13 Feb 1997, Robert Gerhard writes:
> While tradition may be high on BSAs list of priorities, it doesn't
>seem to be so in GSUSA (at least, not on the unit level). While I can
>where GSUSA's treatment of units can really simplify paperwork, I think
>they're sacrificing the good that can come of a unit having a long
>any history, for that matter) and association with their community.
Robert's observation is right on the mark with my experience. I got into
GSUSA after getting into BSA (son was born first!) and was shocked to
observe that each troop seemed to live and/or die at the hands of one or
two leaders. Yes, the GSA troops were much smaller than BSA troops, but
their adult leadership was so thin that one leader moving or dropping out
could (and did) kill troops. My BSA troop, on the other hand, has been
around for about 40 years.
One fundamental difference between GSUSA and BSA is the charter of
troops. It seems to me that BSA charters an organization to "own" a
troop while GSUSA "owns" each troop. A subtle but significant
My thanks to all who are on this thread. I believe it is very
significant and hopefully will benefit the girls and boys. As a minimum,
I am learning a lot. Many thanks.
YIS, Bill Schoonmaker
Advancement Chair., ASM, hiker & backpacker, canoer, mapman; T893: UC,
Patawomeck District, National Capital Area Council
Never earned Eagle but am a "Lifer"
My wife calls me "The Scout that refuses to grow up!"
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City