scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Pack by-laws
Jeffry Smith (jsmith@ALUM.MIT.EDU
Mon Feb 14 2000 - 21:01:30 CST
Date: Fri, 11 Feb 2000 22:20:26 -0600
Larry Whaley asked:
>So once again I resort to the wisdom of this group. Could someone please
>explain to me the advantages/disadvantages of having formal by-laws for a
>Cub Scout Pack?
I've always dealt with military troops, that needed by-laws, so I may
be a bit biased. However, our bylaws spell out such things as voting
procedures, mandatory and optional positions on the committee, role of
the committee in the troop, vs the role of the Scoutmaster Corps (SM &
ASMs), how finances are handled (i.e. who can sign the troop checks,
one or 2 signatures required, etc), and other details that help:
1. prevent conflict over "we've always done it this way" or "that's
not how we do it."
2. provide continuity as the troop committee turns over (something
that happens a lot in military troops).
Do you need by-laws? That's up to your pack. Just note that there is
a lot of wiggle room in the BSA program (intentionally, in my opinion)
that allows two different units to use the same aims & methods, but
different implementations of them, in the program.
ASM, Troop 173
Hanscom AFB, MA
I used to be a Fox (Knotty Italian Foxes, W3-803-92)
Always, a Bicentennial Eagle