scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: Drunk Dad
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM
Tue Mar 21 2000 - 09:57:54 CST
Mike Walton wrote:
>But they cannot bar you from a meeting location which belongs
>to a chartered organization, nor can they bar you from an
>activity with a unit belonging to a chartered organization.
>The lack of registration, still entitles you to assist a
>unit, still entitles you to accompany that unit during
>camping and other outdoor activities (subject to the
>approval of the Cubmaster/Scoutmaster/Coach/Advisor/Skipper
>and the chartering organization),
The logic behind these statements set off fire alarm bells
in my head <g>.
IMHO no unit or chartering organization should take upon itself
to circumvent a ruling by BSA that an individual should no
longer be a part of the scouting program. The chartering
organization or the unit leadership does not have all of the
facts that went in to the making of the decision, and may not
know the real reason for it. Good old Mr. X tells you that
it's because "the scout exec doesn't like me", or "I'm too
outspoken for them", or "They don't understand old time
scouting". The real reason is cases of verbal
abuse of youth and the condoning of a physical hazing
ritual on a trip that he headed.
If I had knowledge of a unit in my district who knowingly
included an individual in their activities who was banned
by the BSA, and the chartering organization did not agree
to "cease and desist", I would fully support lifting the
charter of that unit.
Yes, BSA makes mistakes, but there is an appeal process in
place. I don't agree with BSA's stance on the infamous
3 G's, but I believe that we as responsible scouters MUST
abide by them while working to change them.
Joseph A. Alessi in Ozwin 2.31
Vice Chair - Program, Lafayette District
Committee Member, Troop 313 - Cradle of Liberty Council
Adviser to the Treasurer, Unami Lodge
I used to be an Owl