Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: very important question
Re: very important question
Anthony J. Mako
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 01:49:28 -0500
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 15:30:06 -0500
<Andrew Wright Saywell wrote>
I have a question, concerning accepting a boy into a scout unit. I
don't need any personal comments, i am merely looking for policy set by
the bsa, which many of you know quite well. My question is can a troop
committee along with the SM deny a youth's application to a troop. Our
D.E. said yes, but a member of the council executive staff said no. I
thought that i had read somewhere that you could in fact deny an
application. I don't wish to get into the details of the situation, as
a lawsuit may be coming.
I can't imagine why anyone would want to deny a boy membership in
Scouting, but I think I have an answer. First off, on the Boy Scout
application, there is a block for the Scoutmaster's signature. From the
context of the application this block could probably be signed by any
adult leader in the troop. A signature in this block is required for the
application to be processed at the council office (I think, at least
that's what they keep telling me). The application will not be processed
without a parent or guardian's signature in the appropriate block (the
one that says "I have read...").
Basically, it is possible for the unit to refuse to process the
application, but that's rather confrontational. Since the chartering
institution OWNS the troop, they can decide pretty much who belongs to
the troop and in what capacity. If the troop leadership and
representatives from the chartering institution decide that it would be
detrimental to the troop and organization to allow a particular boy to
join, it is conceivable they could deny membership in the troop.
Having said all that, I can't for the life of me figure out what could
cause this sort of situation. Unless, of course, the boy was a murderer
or devil worshipper, or something like that. I'm curious, but afraid to
ask what the situation is...
Anthony J. Mako, email@example.com ,Scoutmaster, Troop 381
http://members.aol.com/Scouts381/ "Home of the Unofficial Boy Scout
Great Trail Council - Akron, Ohio
"I used to be an Eagle (C-7-97), but I'll always be an Eagle (1981)"