settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Mon, 26 May 1997 15:01:19 -0500
Brother Randy asked about the BSA's restriction on the Rules and Regulations
and the Charter and Bylaws publications (and other publications) to Council
Executive discretion only:
>Why this is to BSA's advantage?
Two ways, the most important of which is that it keeps their "core
documents" out of the reach of those that would tend to do "harm to the
BSA" and allows them to update the documents without having to print entire
new editions to the field.
The BSA has long held that it's publications and materials are not things
that can be "passed around" in the public domain, and this is a step toward
tightening who *specificially, by name* has copies of those documents and
who *should have access* to the same.
The BSA's National Executive Board has made some changes to the Charter and
Bylaws since the last edition in 1976 was produced as well as the entire
structure of the Regional and National offices were done over.
Both of those are illustrated in the newer versions of the booklets, as well
as a consolidation of the highly restrictive "Guide for Maintaining Quality
Leadership", which explains the BSA's youth protection policies and steps on
how to "bar membership" among a youth or adult member. Clearly, those
things do not belong in "the public", according to National's thinking.
But as Professor Beaver correctly stated, many if not all of the more
important parts from those two books are found in over 20 other
publications, ranging from the Safe Guide to Scouting, to the Insignia Guide
to the basic Cub, Scout and Explorer handbooks and guides for adults
involved in those programs. Much of the Rules and Regulations, for
instance, focuses on how the BSA advancement program and leadership programs
are carried out, which is duplicated in the BSA Advancement Procedures and
Policies booklet. The Charter and Bylaws emphasizes how the BSA is
organized and the structure of a local Council,
which is covered in the BSA publication "The Council" as well as in several
other booklets for Council and District volunteers and professionals.
Please don't "beat" Mike over the head and shoulders about the BSA's
restrictive publication policy...I reported that fact over a year and a half
ago here on Scouts-L, so if anyone should be "taking heat" over it, it's me.
All Professor Beaver was doing is what we talked about privately at first
last year and later publically during that same time frame about what our
Councils will let "the layperson purchase" without approval from the Scout
Executive and what MUST be obtained directly from National through the Scout
(and it MUST be done ONLY through the Council Scout Executive. Your
District Executive will NOT be able to order them either with the CE's signoff).
Sorry you got some nasty email back, Mike!
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