Re: Scouting and the PTA
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 00:15:20 EDT
In the 1980's when we went to the new forms for adult leaders, Illinois PTA
realized that all along it was responsible for approving leadership. They
worried about that ability and the possible legal ramifications. They told
everyone in Illinois not to recharter units.
National PTA fought it for a couple years, then caved in and joined in.
Amazingly enough, PTA still encourages the chartering (Correct term?) or girl
scout units, however they do not have the insurance privilieges BSA provides.
The PTA that tossed my Pack (Well, we really went in and said "we got somebody
else, sign a release and let us go") continued with brownies. Only a week
after we left they had a girl fall and break a tooth at a meeting. The parents
sued the girl scout leaders, the PTA officers, the school district, the school
board, the Principal, etc., etc.
You never saw a group of adults look so worn down and beaten up by the end of
that school year. Not one of those PTA officers ran for office again.
If PTO is seriously considering changing to PTA, find a church and ask you PTO
for a release before it happens and move the unit. Don't even waste your
breath trying to fight it.
The best one was a school district where the Superintendent called the PTA in
and said "You WILL charter Boy Scouts" but those kinds of guys are few and far
between. Second best was where the school board had the guts to do it if the
Now isn't it amazing? In the 1980's Illinois PTA put the screws to all units,
in the 1990's the City of Chicago gives in rather than face a lawsuit and
Exploring gets torn into pieces. What the heck IS it about this stupid state
where I live?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City