scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: FW: The NetCommish Website
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blackeagle@SCOUTER.NET
Sun Nov 21 1999 - 13:10:22 CST
Ted Burton wrote in part:
>I do think that individual councils based upon their own evaluation
>of their own resources, might well establish guidelines for written
>permission, and the like. A total ban on the use of private property
>would end Scouting in Texas, for there is no public domain in Texas.
>There are many other states in the east where federal property and
>state property is very limited in scope, and yet there are many
>landowners who welcome Scouts.
>I hope this is another Scouting urban legend. If it is not, I hope
>that the baby doesn't get tossed out with the bath water. Further, I
>would expect such a rule to be honored in the breach; it is not wise
>to enact a rule that few respect.
I hope so as well, Ted....like I stated, there's a lot of people providing
goodwill through the usage of their property or property they hold
in trust for others for Scouts and other groups to camp on occassionally.
I would really hope that this is an gross overreaction on the part of a local
Council concerned about being sued by landowners.
I don't understand why, however, if this was proven out to be a new
"direction" for the BSA (camping only on regional camping facilities or on
Council or public land), why this would end the program in several parts of
America. Can't Scouts in Texas utilize the public park system and federal
lands for camping? Or is it just the idea of convience and familiarity with
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