scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Move your unit if you have to
Fri Mar 31 2000 - 15:49:10 CST
Ron Fox wrote:
>The Park District graciously wrote a letter to the Council relinquishing
>any claim on the unit number, so we stayed Pack and Troop 69 and the Pack's
>tenure record remained in place.
Thus continuing the tradition in that council of helping a unit move when
needed, while staying out of its way.
I probably was not the first, and there may well have been others before me
around the country, but I was in the same council as Ron but a decade plus
earlier, chased out by a PTA, and I had found a church to take the pack, and
at that time the professional staff had to research what I had to do to keep
our unit numbers, gear, and tenure. However the research became an outline to
follow when others were chased out of "public money" entities and into the
arms of churches and other groups. For the record, we weren't talking "DE du
jour" here, either, the man had been in the job in that council for years and
years and did not have the information for those kinds of changes available
to him without looking up details in a lot of different places for my foolish
I left that council about 1995, but apparently the outline, in some form, is
still in use and is still of value there.
ON THE DOWN SIDE: I faced literally years of ridicule from some of the
old-time Scouters from the town when I moved us and it still continued until
the day I left (and apparently beyond). The professionals were happy for the
effort, the volunteers... well, one growled at me once at a band concert at
that school (where he had been on the school board at one time) to "get the
H*#@ away from me and don't ever bother me and Scouting in this town again".
I wound up doing BS work in another district of the council to get away from
the old-timers in the district I had started in, and moved up to Exploring
before I was finally being looked at kindly again. So of course I moved.
I never understood what I did wrong to those guys, and I can walk in there
during the day and they will talk to me and be nice, professionals and volunte
ers, but the old-timers were upset by what I did and how I did it for some
reason I guess I'll never understand. (Nor will anyone else. I've now been
gone for 5 years and the SE tried to find out from one of them what happened
and they refused to talk about it.)
Hopefully that DID NOT become part of the outline, Ron.