Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Annoyed at National
Re: Annoyed at National
Wed, 28 Apr 1999 01:24:52 -0500
While I have some concern over youth driving other youth, I do appreciate
BSA recognizing the impracticality of O.A. officers at the region & section
level being able to carry out their duties.
We went from 12 to six and now down to four BSA Regions. Each realignment
of the Sections also seems to make them larger. Even with some sections
subdividing themselves, they still represent huge chunks of Real Estate.
Given these constraints, how can we expect our lodge leadership to get to
Section meetings, Conclaves, etc. if they are always totally dependent on
parents or Scoutleaders? Add the requirements of two deep leadership and
it becomes clear that some allowance had to be made to accommodate
schedules and obligations.
Someone does not rise to the level of being a Lodge or Section officer
without being a responsible individual. If kids routinely head off
together on road journeys for senior trips and Spring Break (often several
hundred miles), it seems reasonable to stipulate the rules as outlined in
the Guide to Safe Scouting.
Lets face it, those guidelines have been gone over with a fine tooth comb
by everyone from Risk Management, to Insurance Carriers, and "those folks
at national" are in fact us - these guidelines are also the result of
volunteer committees made up of registered Scouters. Finally, this is a
provision that many of the O.A. officers have been clamoring about for years.
I will never say that everything that Irving does pleases me, but I rather
like the idea that they are constantly reviewing the Guide to Safe
Scouting, making changes in it so we can conduct our program safely and
effectively. The alternative is an unchanging rule book that is never
reviewed or modified - and you can just guess how many nasty Scouts-L posts
that would generate.