scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Changing Chartering Organizations
Ken Guarino (kguarino@POBOX.COM
Sat May 13 2000 - 21:53:49 CDT
Can any of you offer advice on a situation our troop is facing regarding
the changing of chartering organizations?
A bit of background: An American Legion post currently sponsors our
troop. This sponsorship started a number of years ago when the
relationship with the chartering organization was not working.
The facilities of the legion's hall were not suitable to meet the needs
of weekly troop meetings, but troop was able to obtain the gym in an
elementary school. During this time there has been virtually no
interaction between the troop and the American Legion; the legion does
not even fund the annual charter fee. Most of the committee has never
met the COR, an active scouter.
Recently the Scoutmaster became aware of a church facility that would
meet all of our needs. The troop was not looking for a new sponsor;
this facility and its availability were mentioned in passing during an
The church offers us a lot of benefits:
- They have a gym with adjoining restrooms. There is no need for the
boys to wander the halls when nature calls.
- There is a full kitchen that we would have access to.
- There is a separate room where boards of reviews could be held - much
more comfortable than sitting on elementary-school size chairs.
- This same room can be used for committee meetings.
- The church would offer us storage space within the building. Currently
gear is stored in the Scoutmaster's garage.
- The troop would have its own key to allow us full access to equipment
and meeting rooms whenever needed.
- We would no longer have to miss meetings due to school holidays.
- We would no longer have to worry about being closed out of meetings at
the last minute due to school activities.
During a recent meeting with the COR, it was mentioned that the legion
would have to decide if it wanted to keep the troop's number and start
up its own troop, and it was pointed out that all of the assets of the
troop are owned by the American Legion. It sure sounds like they do not
want to let us leave. The legion did offer us space in their parking
lot to put a metal storage container for equipment, but we are concerned
The troop has been in existence for over fourty-four years. We have a
first-rate Scoutmaster who is highly respected throughout the district
and the council. We have a committee whose members actually like and
respect each other and work together. The troop offers the boys a solid
scouting program that is supported with weekly meetings and campouts
twelve months out of the year. I do not think the problem is that the
legion does not want to lose a troop; rather they do not want to lose
The committee feels the move would help our program by giving us a
better meeting facility. The troop size has almost doubled during the
past two years and has quite a bit of gear to store. But we cannot
jeopardize our program by losing all of our accumulated equipment.