Re: Scouting and the PTA
Fri, 10 Apr 1998 15:31:56 EDT
I dumped this rather than send it, but it rises its head and should be
You might think the easiest way to charter would be as "Friends of Troop X"
and you can. Now think about that a second.
Is your unit pretty big? Can this CO provide a meeting place? Not one that
changes from week to week or year to year, but a long-term place to meet? Odds
are it can't.
And what if there is a problem among these "Friends". Is the IH (who is often
also the CC) going to "fire" the SM if he does something wrong? Is the
committee member with a grudge going to get along with the people he has
something against? Can the committee of friends control an advancement chair
that wants to add memorizing the Gettysburg Address to all Boards of Review? A
separate CO with an impartial IH responsible for all leadership is very
Besides that, once one of these problems DOES arise it never stays in the unit
to be solved like it should. The Commissioner won't be able to settle it. Your
DE and SE don't need the trouble it will cause nor can they settle it.
And for all of you with great "Friends of" Chartering Organizations that want
to write to me and tell me all the wonderful details, make sure you also keep
my address around, because some day you'll need to write back to me to say,
"Well, you told us so..."
Trust me, once something goes wrong in one of those you DO NOT want to be the
one in the middle.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City