scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: BSA materials
Clay Converse (ClayConver@AOL.COM
Sun Jun 11 2000 - 14:12:49 CDT
My guess is that this is an area that varies based on what you are
ordering. There are some materials that are intended to be issued through
local Councils, including course completion cards, and Wood Badge Course
outlines that will not be sold or sent to individuals. I have ordered many
items through the "Scouting's Library of Literature" and haven't had a
problem with anything not marked council restricted. Getting "bin" items can
be a bit trickier depending on how your Council feels about providing such
materials to volunteers. I have even seen some Councils selling free "bin"
items. The harder problem with "bin" items is often to even know they exist
if your professionals don't use them or make you aware of them.
The national relationships division and program divisions put out some
wonderful and useful free "bin" items that never get to the people that could
use them because some professionals don't recognize their value or have time
to review the materials they receive. Councils also differ greatly on the
extent they are willing to let uniformed volunteers into management and
program decisionmaking above the unit level. They are unlikely to "trust"
you with materials that they suspect you may use to challenge their policies
& procedures, if you haven't established that you are a "friend of the
Usually I have been successful in being recognized as a "friend" by
developing good relationships with the professionals and support staff at my
local Council (my Council count stands at eleven largely due to my USAF
career), by volunteering to do those things that I know they need help with.
They are then usually willing to let me have what I request for projects that
interest me, and also benefit them.
Asst. District Commissioner, Tioughnioga District
Council Cub Scout Camping Chairman, Baden Powell Council