Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Annoyed at National
Re: Annoyed at National
Wed, 21 Apr 1999 16:37:09 -0700
As long as I can recall, I have never seen anybody
explain exactly who it is that runs the BSA. I have
seen obscure references to "National", but no real
explanation as to who that is.
Apparently, "National" sets the policies and
procedures of the BSA which we, as paying members, are
free to follow or leave. Do we have any real say in
the policies of the BSA? Is there a referendum held
every so often to gauge the sentiment of the members?
May the head of the BSA be likened to a corporate CEO?
If so, who comprises the board of directors and how
did they acquire their positions? Is the BSA head more
like a president, elected through popular vote? Is he
appointed for life, like the Pope?
Who are these mysterious people we call "National"?
I have seen many complaints about uniforming,
religion, sexual preferences and such. We've been
warned off from the so-called 3-Gs because the
arguments go nowhere. Why? Does "National" listen to
the majority of the members or not? Is the BSA a
democracy or an autocracy? Are we, the volunteer
leaders of the BSA, really just children in a
I want to know who the people are setting the rules.
Paul S. Thompson, CC
Pack 287, Romeo, Michigan
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