scouts-l Mail Archive for July of 2000: Committee members voting
Rik Bergethon (rberg@RMI.NET
Sat Jul 08 2000 - 08:53:57 CDT
Chris, it sounds like your troop is a real typical troop, well run, with
lots of parental help. BSA guidelines say one thing about the troop,
and yours and many other troops in the US, run another, but successful
way. According to the troop committee guidelines (a booklet available
from BSA) you should have a committee chairperson, a treasurer, an
advancement chair, etc. But just what do these people vote on?
Several years ago, as the troop was rebuilding, we had very good pop
corn sales, earned over $1200 in commissions, and we needed equipment!
I took a "wish list" to the committee, with costs and location to buy
the stuff. They approved my wish list. The following year, once again
the PLC voted to give up the personal prize commission on pop corn, to
earn more money for the troop. The committee wanted to award the boys
for their efforts somehow. They voted $80 in four weekly "prizes" to be
bought by myself for the scouts. The committee also voted to establish
a Campership for summer camp fees for anybody who could not afford to
The PLC and I made up our annual calendar (Annual Troop Planning
Calendar) and took it each year to the committee for their approval.
This was always passed, but not without debate or dissension, but
usually by majority vote. A problem with a scout who was creating
problems in the troop was handled by the committee, and they eventually
kicked the kid out of the troop. The PLC plans when the COH's will be,
the committee plans the theme of each (pot luck dinner, special dessert
or outdoor cookout, etc.) You can see my committee did vote on things
brought before them, usually there was something each month to be voted
on. One committee member tried to get us to change chartered
organizations. I waylaid that by asking will the new CO pay charter
renewal fees for us, registration fees for the SM, three SA's, give us a
third of a huge storage locker they rent, and give us $200 a year for
new equipment every year. When the committee found out the potential CO
would only provide us with a meeting hall, it was voted down very fast.
Yes, there are things for the committee to act on and vote on. I
haven't given you ten items, but here are six.
Cuerno Verde District Commissioner