Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: help with laser tag
Re: help with laser tag
Thu, 16 Dec 1999 13:40:59 -0600
Robert Blau wrote and asked:
>If the BSA makes a rule but doesn't tell the leadership is it still a rule?
>Why does the BSA operate this way?
(I've removed the "three Gs" comment only to address it on a much broader
basis, Robert...I hope you don't mind)
To answer your first question, yes. The BSA does a decent job in explaining
new policy, or to clarify existing policy when approved and announced
through the BSA's official "news organs" (ProSpeak for the professionals;
followed closely by entries in either _Scouting_ or _Boys'_Life_ or both).
The problem comes when those policies or clarifications are sent to the
local Council, and for various reasons, never makes it out or does make it
out to "selected individuals" or "the Council's own version" of the policy
is explained (which may be more restrictive, less restrictive or not
restrictive at all depending on the Council involved).
And to go back to my previous response, in some Councils, NOTHING gets
released and Scouters come to forums like this one to "find out what the
story is" because they've heard from a fellow Scouter in ANOTHER Council
that "the policy dealing with pogs have changed but nobody in our Council
knows what a pog is let along what the new policy is...."
Part of Scouts-L's "reason for being" all of these years was to explain
those policies (and I've tried as best as I could to not only explain them,
but to provide some sort of reasoning why the BSA chose to "make this
policy" in the absense of some more, official, direct source. Later, I've
been joined by other Scouters doing the same like Bruce Coburn and Paul
Wolf, whom have done a great job explaining and outlining the BSA's various
advancement policies; by the Scouter from Dallas (I'm sorry I forgot your
name), whom have explained many of the BSA's reasonings behind the Youth
Protection policies; and others.....). Not just to explain them, but also
to provide ways to implement those policies in your unit and within your
District or Council.
But it always comes back to "how well does your Council do in providing you
as a unit leader with the latest policy and procedure changes AND the way
THEIR COUNCIL is going to implement or go about those changes??"
That's the key, Robert...because we're dealing with 200-plus Councils, each
with the authority to take National policies and adapt it to their
particular "patch of land" as it should be, because of the size,
composition, and history of the "patch of land."
The answer to your second question on why does the BSA do this this way, is
"Because of tradition."
(And no, the BSA's policy dealing with pogs has not changed; the BSA has no
official policy dealing with pogs *smiling*....I was using it as an
illustration only. Ask your kids about pogs.)
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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