Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Question On Proposed Uniform Inspection Changes
Re: Question On Proposed Uniform Inspection Changes
Bruce E. Cobern
Thu, 8 Apr 1999 18:08:33 -0400
From: Joseph Macone <joearlma@HOTMAIL.COM>
Date: Thursday, April 08, 1999 5:18 PM
>If I have a scout who is participating in troop activities, going on
campouts, and I have a completed signed scout application, I'm going to
register little Johnny. It allows him to be covered by the scout insurance.
Yes, if he is just visiting, he should still be covered until he makes up
his mind but I'm not going to wait and run into problems because something
happens to a kid and a lawyer claims that the troop is negligent for not
following BSA policy. If he says 'I'm joining' and his parents say 'he's in
the troop', his parents pay his dues, signs the application, he's joined as
far as I'm concerned. How can you claim that he's just visiting and
checking the troop out till he decides!
So, if a 3rd grader showed up with his parents and the money and wanted to
join the TROOP you'd take the money and register him? I doubt it, because
he hasn't met ONE of JOINING requirements. So where does it say that any of
those REQUIREMENTS for JOINING can be waived more readily than the others.
IF you send in money and register any boy who has not met EACH AND EVERY one
of the joining requirements, then you are registering a boy who is not
eligible to be in Scouting. Somehow that seems like it should be black and
white. The insurance policies are perfectly aware of this and that's why
they specifically cover nonmembers who are potential members. That's also
why you should have the boys complete the joining requirements as soon after
they express an interest as possible.
A JOINING requirement is a JOINING requirement. If you haven't fulfilled
the requirements to join you can't join.
Bruce E. Cobern