Re: Chartering Organizations
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Mon, 19 May 1997 14:02:45 -0500
Joe Wallace asked:
>An Adventure Explorer Post is forming in a rural area of our district,
>actually the whole district could be considered rural by some standards.
"Outdoor Adventure" (what used to be called (and in some places, STILL
is being called) "High Adventure") Exploring is nothing more than the
traditional "outdoors" Exploring program that many of us have grown up with.
As the last National Chair of Outdoor Adventure Exploring, I had worked
hard to try to get "field Scouters" to use the "Outdoor Adventure" title
instead of the "high" word, because that word still have negative
connotations to many of our partners, including many churches.
>I have been asked to help. The group trying to get the post started
>want to form a trust as the sponsoring organization. They want to do
>this to avoid small town rivalries between clubs and churches in each of
>the small communities.
Why a "trust", Joe. What's wrong with "A Group of Citizens residing in Lee
County, Kentucky", as I have formed a Post there using. Or using the County
Chamber of Commerce, a county-wide bank or saving institution, even the
Board of Education of the County school system as the Chartering partner
organization, with the Chartered Partner Represenative coming from this
"trust organization". Sounds to me like they are forming the Post not for
the benefit to the youth in the county, but rather for some kind of tax or
income-producing organization. Doesn't sound good to me.
There's a LOT of ways to avoid the "small town rivalries"....the best way is
to center the unit in the "main town" of the District and to use the
resources common to as many areas of the District as possible. Most
Districts have one or two banks or savings institutions which have branch
offices or facilities throughout the District's area. The same can be said
for gasoline, heating fuel or other commonidities. A radio station (or in
another case of mine, a low power television station serving several rural
counties) can serve as chartered partner.
The BEST "non-political" chartered partner for a "district-wide" program are
the schools and the "economic development districts" that many States have.
For instance, Kentucky is divided into 22 such "area development districts",
many of which just *happen* to be within or encompass entire BSA districts.
There's already a structure in place, and your "outdoor adventure" post can
be another "outreach program" of that District....check with them and see if
that fits your needs. The schools are equally "organized" into districts,
mainly for sports and academic contests and programs, but also for
administration of teachers and faculty members from the State. Again, I'm
not aware of how Washington State is divided up, but in Kentucky, Henderson
County and four other counties are within one education "district", with the
central office in Owensboro.
Don't forget federal and state wildlife and conservation organizations.
Again, along those same lines as the rest of the Development District, the
state and federal governments have soil conservation services, 4-H, and
other programs divided as well.....those all could serve as good chartered
The second best "non-political" chartered partner for such a program may be
a company or group which has "offices" within a large part of the District.
These include gas and water companies, telephone companies (especially rural
Is there another reason why they wanted to organize a "trust"??
Professionals want a chartered partner with some resources (read that
"money") so that we can request their assistance with paying for Scouting
through SME/FOS and other campaigns...those that have a stake in the
program are ones that are going to support it the most, the thinking is.
However, don't let that thinking detract from the reason why you want a
chartered partner....to BRING THE PROGRAM to the youth of that community and
to be a partnership WITH the BSA to deliver and keep the program going to
Hope this all helps!
(c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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