Re: Troop money
Bruce Major (major@GATOR.NET)
Tue, 9 Dec 1997 18:49:51 -0500
Ouch! Not a good problem. I feel as if there is some information which is
lacking that may affect the way the problem is resolved.
# 1 is " a Scout is Trustworthy". It seems clear this SM had a real lapse
in that area. Is this a one time slip due to some emergency or is it a
pattern? What sum is involved? Yes, the principle remains the same, but
there is a difference between $5 and $500.The amount may also constitute
the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. Is he willing to make
restitution? Has the Charter Partner been asked for an opinion? They own
the unit and may want to have a very large say in how the situation is
handled. In a very real sense, it was THEIR money which was embezzled.
Should he go? I would think so. Quietly or otherwise. He made a major
mistake and violated the primary Law- Trustworthy. The one on which all
others depend. Whatever else happens should be determined by the
circumstances, with input from the charter partner.
Another question - why did the SM have access to unit funds without some
consent of the Troop Committee? I am one of the folks who can sign our
checks, but all require two signatures. Even then, I have to get a check
from the Treasurer, who keeps them, but is NOT an authorized signer (a
further check on misappropriation). As SM, I have the authority to spend up
to $25.00 without consulting the TC. I can do this by drawing on the unit
account at our council office, or by spending my own funds and requesting
re-imbursement. But I can't touch unit funds any other way. The wise SM
will have a similar arrangement.
A scout is Trustworthy, yes. But it is also the responsibility of the TC to
ensure funds cannot be misused or withdrawn without formal approval and
authorization. The TC also need to put some safeguards into effect.
SM, Troop 84
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City