scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Zero Tolerance & Uniforms
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Wed Jun 07 2000 - 23:23:45 CDT
Rick Seymour wrote in part:
>Speaking of not getting into too much trouble, does anyone know which
>Uniform Chief Scout Executive Jere Ratcliffe was wearing when he was
>arrested at the Miami Airport because he "simply forgot his handgun was in
>his carry-on bag"?
He was wearing a coat and tie, as the other members of his party was
wearing the same thing when they were travelling.
>Hey, it happens to me ALL THE TIME! I get to a campout and realize my
>hand-grenades are still in my backpack. Is there a problem?
*heheehehee* yeah...there's a problem. Hand grenades are illegal PERIOD;
handguns, if you has a permit, are legal...and also depending on the state
(Texas, whereby handguns are allowed to be carried concealed) and
conditions (not at a BSA camp unless you're a law-enforcement individual)
>Good thing Ratcliffe didn't have an axe locked in his car trunk. That
>would have been WRONG!
Only if he was on a school's grounds and only if someone inspected his
trunk for such an item. Otherwise, he's correct to have an axe, several
pocketknives, and a bow saw in his car trunk!
>Is anyone on the list good with statistics? The Uniform is marked up 40%
>higher than the RETAIL price of the vastly superior army BDU, meaning that
>at LEAST 80% (probably closer to 90%) of the Uniform is pure profit. How
>many Uniforms did National have to sell to pay for Jere's legal defence (I
>assume WE had to pay for it and that he's not still in jail)?
I don't know the answer to that one, other than our previous Chief didn't
have to spend any time in jail.
>A technical question for Mike: Are Uniform profits strictly earmarked for
>the Professionals' Retirement Fund, or can they be used as above?
The profits are NOT earmarked for the Professionals' Retirement Fund; as I
wrote in a correction to my previous posting a couple of years back; the
funding goes into the "general fund" for the good of all of the BSA's
NATIONAL programs. I was told by two senior professionals (one of whom
still reads the list!) that the retirement and the Scout Executives'
Alliance funds are "self-supporting" from income pooled into the funds and
from good investing of those funds.
Yes, the General Fund does include a SMALL amount to fund the legal team at
the National office.
>Finally, to keep things positive, a good math test question for Scouting in
>If the BSA Uniform is 90% profit, how many children does National have to
>cheat per day to pay for each hour of millionaire Ratcliffe's retirement?
If you were the Chief Scout Executive of the nation's leading youth
organization; with hundreds of millions of dollars of camp properties
around the world to manage, with a staff of 3000 or so, some of whom *are*
cheats and you and your staff have to deal with them appropriately; and
with managing close to 150,000 volunteers....
yes, you too would ask for five or so grand a month to retire from.
Remember, Rick, a million dollars SOUND like a whole lot of money, but even
in today's times, that money, unless he invests it soundly and gets good
advice and makes the right decisions, will be gone in a little more than a
Lottery winners can attest to this, Rick, and most of them never have been
in Scouting or understand the concepts of "thriftyness".
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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