Re: Can ASM Vote?
Robert Caron (robert.caron@UMB.EDU)
Tue, 4 Aug 1998 12:24:41 -0400
At the risk of sounding too harsh, because I don't want to discourage anyone
from Scouting, please think about this carefully.
The BSA charters your organization to use the BSA program, AS IS. Sure, there
is some latitude in designing activities and programs, but not with the basic
procedures and regulations. The basic structure of a chartered organization's
troop is well defined. Where there is room for individual decision, it is
clearly indicated, such as in the makeup of patrols, crews and senior
leadership (e.g., it is not mandatory for every troop to have a Bugler).
In adult leader organization, the basic structure is well defined. There are
committee members and a scoutmaster corps. There is room for individual
decision in how many committee members, how their duties are divided up, how
many SAs and how they share their duties. But matters such as who has a vote
and who sits on a Board of Review are not subject to change.
In becoming active in Scouting, you agree to abide by these procedures and
regulations, primarily because the Scouting program belongs to BSA, not the
troop or the chartered organization.
In all my years in Scouting, I have NEVER found any rule, regulation, bylaw or
procedure to be so ominous that it had to be bypassed or changed. To the
contrary, I have found that conforming has ALWAYS contributed to the quality
of my troop. Each of these regulations works in concert with the other, they
must be taken as a whole.
Amy Echlin wrote:
> Our take on that issue is that it up to the committee to decide if ASM's and
Troop Committee Secretary, Northborough Troop 101
Brotherhood, Chippanyonk Lodge #59, OA
Knox Trail Council #244, BSA
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