Re: The Letter from the Chief Scout Executive
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Thu, 16 Jul 1998 22:34:27 +0000
Neil Lupton <NeilLup@AOL.COM> asked:
>Last week it was stated on the list that one listmember understood
>that all unit Committee Chairmen would be receiving a letter from
>the Chief Scout Executive about changes in registration policy and
>procedure. There were a number of comments about the changes
>and/or non changes which this represented.
>May I ask whether anyone has actually received this letter or
>whether anyone knows of any official communication (written from
>National or a Regional office) about these changes.
I've asked for and received two copies of the letter. The way the
letter was done, I believe (I'm not a unit committee chair, so I
didn't get one sent directly to my snailmail box) was that it went
through Councils to each unit leader.
>The reason I ask is:
>1) I haven't heard anything about these changes or this letter
>2) Neither has my SE
>3) I have never heard of the CSE sending a letter directly to
> unit level leaders bypassing the local council
It's been done before; a letter to each Scoutmaster announcing the
changes to the BSA's advancement policies was mailed back in 1972.
Another time, all Scouters received a letter announcing the new
Scouting/USA emblem. But you're right, Neil...most times,
communication going straight to the field normally goes through the
>4) It would be very unusual to have such a major change
>(eliminating the responsibility of the COR for reregistration) so
>precipitously without significant advance notice and preparation.
The Exploring-Venturing change was only given a week's notice
before implementation; actually, something like three days after
the court decision in Chicago before the *public announcement* was
made (we received the announcement here electronically two days
>I am certain that the listmember who posted the information
>received it as accurate and posted it as such. But I do want to
>determine whether it is rumor at this point or if the mails are
>just really slow in Boston.
The letter looks real, the contents look legit, and I've checked it
with those who would know about those things in two different
Councils. That was BEFORE I got a photocopy of the letter from a
Scouter in the National Capitol Area Council and before we started
discussing it here on the list.
If you need a copy, Neil, let me know and I'll be happy to fax it
to you in the day tommorrow (Friday).
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