Re: Does "member" mean "registered"?
settummanque, or blackeagle (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Wed, 3 Dec 1997 18:57:01 -0600
Peter Murphy asks a very good question with regard to *registration*:
>In the discussion about Boards of Review the phrase
>"registered committee member" (or close to that) was used.
>The Advancement Policies and Procedures uses the
>phrase "members of the troop committee". Does that mean
>only registered members?
The BSA's membership materials all constantly state that "only those with
unexpired membership certificates" have the right to wear the uniform and
participate as members of units, districts or local Councils with some
*sustaining members, those that have given their support to the BSA through
their local Council, have some privileges depending on local
Council...mainly this deals with getting mailings, attendance at special
dinners or events and the right to "be hit up again" next year for the same
*scouter reserve members, those (like myself) that cannot participate
actively for one reason or another and are given positions on Council
boards, committees or task forces for a specific function for a specific
period of time.
*former professional Scouters have the continual right (and responsibility)
to continue their service to Scouting in a volunteer (not neccessarily
registered) role if their health and abilities allow
We all ask parents of our youth members to serve as "committee members" and
to "help out" when and where they are needed and within their own personal
abilities and strengths...the BSA as well as other youth programs have
realized this, and hasn't really pushed too much the fact that in order to
do things "officially", they need to be registered (and therefore can be
held liable under the programs' rules and regulations).
Each local Council, Peter, has their own "defination" of what constitutes
"membership" in their local Council. Most have the same guidelines that
I've listed above, but others may be more "hard-nosed" as the BSA has to
tighten volunteer registration and membership over the years due to youth
protection issues. I would tend to agree with you that *only* adults
holding registration cards (or are supposed to have registration cards!)
should be the ones doing the Boards of Review and serving as active Troop
Committee members....but I've also have to tell you that without those
*other adults* that WERE NOT REGISTERED AND CHOSE NOT TO BE, a lot of my
Troops' programs and outdoor events would be truly
"one or two adult shows" and not the massive "family and Scouting event"
that they were.
I had wonderful adults, Peter...men and women that wanted to be there for
their child and for others. Adults that brought to my Troops, my Team and my
Explorer Posts and Ship a wealth of knowledge and some of the better wisdom
(some which *I've* learned and gleaned from them!!) through! I would ask
them constantly to become registered, but I would get the same kinds of
stories and comments that many of you also get when you *see someone good
and want to bring them along*.
So, I just counted my blessings for having them there on outings or after
Troop or Post meetings, and let it go at that.....and those that chose to
become Committeemembers, I honored and really made a big production number
out of it at the next Troop meeting or Court of Honor.
But when it came down to the persons *signing BSA documents*, only those
registered with a card would get to do that...even if that meant in some
cases postponing reviews although we had three to five adults present.
We just didn't have the *right combination* of adults present.
Hope this helps!
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