Re: Scouting and the PTA
Lawrence E. Faust (lfaust@ATLANTIC.NET)
Thu, 9 Apr 1998 09:45:58 -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.
A search of the National PTA Site (www.pta.org) for "scout" yielded 85
There appear to be several reasons but they seem to boil down to the fact
that BSA requires chartering organizations to take responsibility for their
unit. The following is from an August, 1995 memo sent from National PTA to
all state, council, and unit PTA presidents:
"This is in response to the many inquires we receive about our relationship
with the Boy Scouts of America. I hope the following information will make
the situation clear to you.
*The National PTA has not considered the Boy Scouts of America as a
cooperating organization since 1989.
*That is because the Boy Scouts will not indemnify PTA leaders who sign an
agreement to sponsor a Boy Scout troop.
*Without indemnification, a PTA leader could be held personally liable in
legal action against the troop, its members or its leadership.
*That means that the PTA member may be sued for personal assets.
While the Boy Scouts do provide some liability coverage, it may not extend
personal liability insurance for troop sponsors. If you do decide to serve
as a sponsor anyway, we urge you to consider purchasing additional personal
liability insurance for yourself and for the other members of your local
For more on this, look in the new NATPTA Annual Resource handbook on page 11
& 12 under Section 1 for an explanation.
Granted, this is from the PTA website and I know diddley about the
workings of the PTA, but hasn't BSA changed policy since 1995 about
indemnifying (providing more protection for) CO's ? This is where we need
Mike Walton's wisdom.
Scouting is a way of life,
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