Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: multiple questions
Re: multiple questions
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 09:57:53 -0500
Even though Rhonda requested private replies, I want to climb up on that
>My committee chair wants to do by laws.
Let's stamp out by laws and layers of bureaucratic rules from our troops.
are adult inventions that tend to suck the fun out of Scouting. The only
need are the Scout Oath and the Scout Law and the application of sound
and common sense. By laws are usually invented as a response to a situation.
Afraid of being judgmental, a strict set of rules relieves us of the burden
of having to
think or to defend our judgement. We just blindly apply a set of rules and
them when questioned. These are not values we should be teaching our Scouts.
I've seen by laws on different web sites. I saw one that had pages and pages
and a year associated with each one. I could just see the progression of how
rules got added in response to various events or situations.
I wrote a troop handbook that was a collection of how the troop does things.
was (1) to collect in one place how troops operate since the Boy Scout
pretty disorganized on the subject or at least has information scattered in
places. Plus, a lot of good information is in the Scoutmaster's Handbook.
(2) the little
guide is designed for NEW Scouts and visiting Webelos to help with the
Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. (3) Many things about how a troop operates is left
up to each
individual troop. National is purposefully vague. A troop guide book
captures some of those
details (when are elections, when are committee meetings, PLC meetings,
I was going to add a bunch of troop rules to our guide book. Then I thought
about it and
formed the opinion I expressed in my first paragraph above. You can see my
on-line at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Estates/3566/guide.html
Since I borrowed many parts from others, you may borrow as much as you like.