Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Here we go again but not the 3 G's
Re: Here we go again but not the 3 G's
James H. Moss
Thu, 22 Apr 1999 16:02:53 -0600
I am always amazed at the desire on the part of people to create paperwork
and create Troop handbooks, policies, etc., etc.. Besides the obvious issue
killing trees and dumping more in landfills, I think you might want to take
a look at three more points.
1. There are two obvious arguments with creating this stuff: What doesn't
the Scout Oath, Law and BSA Handbook cover (we need rules) and what about
developing personal responsibility in the youth, (the parents need the
2. Another book takes time. Most of us have a very finite amount of time to
spend on Scouting. If the time were spent with a youth or working on
program would not the boys benefit more, then having another stack of paper.
3. By passing information through to parents, you are ignoring the
opportunity to build a relationship with that parent. (Most of the time that
paperwork is to tell them they must get involved) It is easy to ignore
paper. It is hard to ignore a personal commitment given face to face with a
leader in uniform. That personal commitment starts with the first meeting
with the parent when the youth signs up.
4. You are creating your own hangman's noose. Many people look at handbooks
as a way to stop arguments. As an attorney, I can tell you the only thing
they do is start them. In order to write a "handbook" that covers
everything, you will have a team of BSA experts, child experts and then
lawyers working on that handbook. I say that because that handbook will be
the first thing examined by the opposing side in any lawsuit. Any breach of
the handbook by the adults will generate a claim in a lawsuit.
Quit wasting paper and time and start working with kids.
James H. Moss 303-980-5353
Attorney at Law 303-989-2316 Fax
12340 W. Alameda Pkwy. JHMoss@Lawyernet.com
Lakewood, CO 80228-2841