scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: BSA Materials & Restricted Items
Jesse E. Cross (JCross@BEOWULF.MHSL.UAB.EDU
Tue Jun 13 2000 - 18:14:49 CDT
I very rarely chime in on a thread but I need to add my two cents to this one!
The BSA National Council and local councils need to seriously examine
what they restrict from their volunteers, and here is why:
As volunteers we are told, "you have every right to see and/or have this item,
just tell me why you want it and we (the BSA) will judge your reasons and
decide if we will honor your right."
Information is not freely available if you have to explain your desire to obtain
it. And information is held hostage if the organization which has control of it
judges as valid or invalid your desire to have it.
If you don't believe this, just look at history. The first step of controlling a
group of people is to deprive them of information they are entitled to. How
would we as Americans feel if we had to go to a Federal Official and make a
request to read the Constitution of the United States of America.
Furthermore, how would we feel if we had to justify our reasons for wanting to
Here is an example. A couple of years ago, I was helping with our district's
annual Merit Badge fair. Two weeks prior to the event I learned that our DE
had failed to order MB Blue Cards. When I checked with our scout shop,
they told me they didn't have enough Blue Cards on hand to supply our
needs and that is would take 4 to 6 weeks for then to get some in. I knew I
got much faster results whenever I ordered from national. So I tried to order
and pay for two packs of MB Blue Cards directly from National Supply.
Nationals response was, "These are restricted items and have to be ordered
through your local scout shop." When I explained our problem the lady at
National said, "I understand your problem, but I can't help you!"
This was me (a volunteer) trying to do something good for the scouts of my
district and the National Council and my own council placed obstacles in my
way. This is the kind of thing that makes me mad and distrustful of the
National Council and my local council. And this is just one of many stories I
DISCLAIMER: I speak for no-one except myself.
/S/ Jesse E. Cross, III - Systems Analyst
Mervyn H. Sterne Library, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Shelter a child and you protect him for a day. Teach a child
integrity and self-reliance and you protect him for a lifetime!