Don Pullen (pullend@AIRCADIZ.NET)
Sat, 16 Aug 1997 18:13:25 +0200
I would like to apologize to all those who were offended by my negative
attitude towards Transatlantic Council (TAC). It was not my intent to
cause friction among the group.
Yes, TAC is a large council and does what it can. but we do feel like
orphans here in Spain. In the two years that I have been in Spain, our DE
has never visited, we plan and organize our own OA ordeals and do our own
Youth Protection training. Last summer's Cub Camp was planned and
organized by the leaders here without any council help whatsoever. Not a
program guide, activities, patches/designs, nothing. While in the states,
I visited the NCAC office in Bethesda and they gave me blank tour requests,
leader and scout applications and some "join scouting" posters. This is
material we have a hard time getting from our office. I teach the Youth
Protection for the two troops and the Cubs; it became one of my ticket
items when I had to turn in a co-worker for allowing her two-year old
daughter to be sexually abused by the father. Membership cards after
rechartering - hard to get. Never did get one last year. ICO receiving
my beads, several people have seconded my DE's recommendation of attending
BSA annual training in Germany to get them. Ok, but that would be about
$900 for a three-day event just for me to go. I would prefer that my
family and troop to be able to witness the event, since I earned it in
their service. Can't afford the $900 for each of them.
Our troop almost lost a Scout who only had his Eagle project left to do.
He submitted plans for SEVEN different projects and council kept
disapproving them because they were not a "permanent" item or they did not
support the local (the Base) community. Projects ranging from doing a
supply drive for an orphanage that the Chapel supports in Morroco to an
organ-donor registry in support of the BSA National Project two or three
years ago. That Scout got so frustrated and so angry because his SM said
his projects were fine and then council would say "no; it's not something
permanent". Our Status of Forces Agreemernt between Spain and the US
prohibits non-Spanish citizens from erecting permanent structures on the
basis that it is taking work away from a Spanish citizen. The eighth
project was finally approved and completed, but he still feels some
resentment over the situation.
Granted, no one can have everything that he or she wants, but it would be
nice to think that someone, somewhere in this council cared about us and
would help us provide the best program possible.
Pam Jensen, T73 NAVSTA Rota Spain
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