scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: National Annual Meeting
Jim Miller Sr. (jjmsr@LSFCU.ORG
Fri Nov 05 1999 - 14:20:30 CST
Since I have received a number of inquiries regarding the Annual
National Council Meeting, I thought I would send this out to the list
for everyone's information. I know there are a number of you out there
who have also attended in past, so if you see any wrong information or
think anything needs amplification or further explanation, please feel
free to jump right in.
The National Annual Meeting is officially the meeting at which the
officers and board of the corporation (BSA) are elected. The official
delegates to the meeting are the National Council Representatives of the
various councils elected by the council membership at its annual
meeting. These usually consist of the Council President, Council
Commissioner, and one or more (depending on the size of the council)
additional members of the council executive board. Most Council Scout
Executives (top professional or designee) also attend, but have no vote.
The Annual Meeting only occupies about two hours of the three day
meeting. It involves voting for the board and officers and on any
resolutions which might be brought to the floor. In my experience, the
election is pro forma with a simple voice vote of the National Council
Reps. Resolutions, submitted in advance by councils around the country,
are typically referred to committee and dealt with during the year by
the National Executive Board.
Surrounding this event are numerous presentations and committee
meetings. The presentations usually "roll-out" new program features, or
promote various parts of the program. I have attended presentations on
the "New" Tiger Cub Program, Crime Prevention program, Venturing, etc.
over the years. These presentations can be very interesting or deadly
boring, it depends on the presenters. The committees meet in private
and I've never tried to sit in on one of those meetings so I don't know
for sure if they are "closed" or not. I assume that they are but I may
In addition, there are exhibits by each division or department of the
BSA and by quite a few vendors who sell insurance etc to local councils.
Various programs, such as Scoutreach also exhibit. Only registered
participants can get into the exhibits.
They also hold the Annual meetings of the various regions at luncheons
during the convention. They follow the same pattern as the National
meeting and also include presentations of the various Quality Council
and other recognition awards to councils. They also include the
presentations of the Silver Antelope awards.
At the closing banquet, the Young American Awards, the Silver Buffalo
Awards and others are presented. Last year, they also presented the
"first" Venturing Silver Award and Venturing Ranger Award. A punch and
cookies reception follows at which you can congratulate all the award
All in all, it can be a very interesting few days, but also very
expensive. Between registration costs, meal functions, transportation,
and hotel, the cost can be significant. I don't know if they have any
kind of "day visitor" registration but you might ask your council
executive to find out for you.
Hope that helps.
Jim Miller, Sr.