Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Fri, 25 Jul 1997 13:39:12 -0400
Scott Drown wrote:
> I am saddened that you feel that those engaging in this debate are
> misguided and not educated as to the "real" policies of National. I
> suspect that even within the Committees at National that determine these
> policies there is real and active debate as to what it all means.
> Different philosophies debate and a compromise is reached and written up in
> the Scout Book. The "real" policies are subject to interpretation.
> Why else do think that the advancement procedures and requirments have
> changed over the years? This discussion gives an avenue to better educate
> those involved and also, to possibly address and make changes that may be
> needed in the over all system. BSA is not static and must change to
> address changing needs or it will not survive.
> As far as my comments regarding the establishing a BSA Court system - that
> is my own feeling and while an attorney took excpetion and posted it to the
> whole list I did not post my own reply to him. We, as a society, have
> increasing gone to a system that is not designed to right wrongs or even
> determine the truth.
> It is more about tactics, presentation, logical arguments and positions.
> We have done this in the belief that we need to get our way and win out
> over the other person or organization because we are more right. People
> need to sit down and actually communicate to each other, perhaps using an
> arbitrator, rather than jump to an adversarial system where the
> representatives (lawyers) make more money if the problem is NOT solved than
> if some sense is made to both parties and a lawsuit is headed off.
> Scott Drown
> SM Troop 39, Maltby
> Mt. Baker Council, Everett Wa.
Scott, as we say in Texas, "Git 'em." In our troop, I will continue to
use common sense and I won't let a boy sit for a BOR if he hasn't
satisfied the criteria for BEING ACTIVE that OUR TROOP has established.
No Scout has ever appealed this and I don't believe one will. If so,
I'll be glad to defend our standards as they are in writing and we give
them to each family when the boy joins. After seeing the posting by Jim
Sheckels, I'm even more confident of being correct as the BSA rules
don't define "active" as just being registered as a Scout.
Calvin H. Gray
Scoutmaster, Troop 405
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