scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: Who "owns" a Troop?
Ted Burton (scouter@CONSULTBURTON.COM
Mon Nov 01 1999 - 23:20:06 CST
At 15:16 -0500 on 10/31/99, Bob Myers spake about Re: Who "owns" a Troop? thus:
>Two years ago, we moved to troop to another Chartered Organization.
>The SA Corps where we were experienced a leadership change and
>started a day care service that severely limited the available space
>for our growing troop. They were very nice about the move and
>allowed us to take 100% of the troop treasury and equipment.
In some ways this proves the point, at least in common usage.
"We moved the Troop." The Troop is an entity unto itself in search of
a charter partner. One does not say that a new Troop was formed which
by happy timing coincidence then reached out to adopt these newly
homeless Scouts. No, the Troop moved. The Troop is in that sense an
unincorporated association whose members are the registered adults
and boys, whose governance is according to the Troop Committee, the
Scoutmaster, and the Patrol Leaders Council. It is all completely
logical, and squares with my actual experience with charter partners.
My last Troop before the current one had been around for the better
part of fifty years (with one or two short interruptions to mess up
the patch entitlement. It had had quite a few different charter
organizations over that time. No one thought of it as successor
troops. Everyone thought of it as one continuous organization. They
conducted their affairs in that way, and in so doing they made it in
fact that way.
As for taking the equipment along, the interesting question would be,
what would a judge say if the Sallies wanted to keep the stuff, and
the Troop's adults and boys were taking it out the door. Would a
Judge say the Sallies could keep it? I doubt it.
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