Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: multiple questions
Re: multiple questions
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 12:57:40 -0600
Well, to expand on Peter's and my posts: we're wanting to set by-laws more
for the troop committee and the general "rules" that we have made. Things
like: how much for dues, campouts, etc.
Believe me, we expound the "boy run" concept. Sometimes to the detriment
of our organization because it gives poor leaders an out for not
straightening out messes. We have a behavior problem right now with the
SPL and his assistant that may lose us boys if the Scoutmaster doesn't do
something. Of course, one of the boys involved is his son who seems to be
considered a model and "super" scout. Far from it. Of course, my son is
one of the boys who may find a new troop -- and we're not quitters.
At 09:57 AM 11/12/98 -0500, you wrote:
>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.
* Rhonda Vandergriff * He who plants a seed beneath
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