Re: Scouting and the PTA
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 11:44:56 -0400
>Could someone please enlighten me on the reasoning behind the National
>PTA's policy of prohibiting local units from chartering Scouting units? >My PTO is being asked to consider PTA affiliation, and when I posed >that question to the State PTA representatives, I got a non-answer.
> Keith Tilley
In the late 1980's the National PTA sent a letter to it's local
affiliates telling them to not charter Scouting anymore. The reason was
they're perception that the BSA was not supporting them in court cases
involving liability issues.
I was a pro at the time, and locally a lawyer checked into it and said
that the concern was baseless, but that won't get your unit chartered.
Remember, the PTA's are an arm of the local teacher's union-whether they
admit it or not! This is a very liberal organization, and Scouting is a
very conservative one. Plus, they don't like to compete with Scouting's
fund raising efforts.
You need to approach a local church or civic organization with the idea
of chartering the program, odds are your wasting your valuable time with
the PTA. Besides, in my experience churches support Scouting better, as
they're leadership is longer term (more stable) and the entire
organization's goals don't shift annually with the presidental election.
You're District Executive should be helping in this effort.
Your unit may well have trouble recruiting at the school also, reference
Friday April 9, 1998's Scouts-L post by me to help counter this likely
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City