Re: Not to be.....
Jack Durish (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sun, 24 Aug 1997 09:45:29 -0700
> We have voted not to be affiliated with the BSA because of the
> restrictions they will place on our unit. We are going to fill out a 501�3
> form and become our own entity. Our group wanted to be Sea Explorers but
> the BSA discouraged our city council. They (the BSA) recommended that
> $3000 for insurance on 20-30 youths is not worth it. They would not let
> the city fix up our old ship and give it to the newly formed unit. They
> place many restrictions on how we raise money for our ship and functions.
> The BSA accused the city council that they where in this for themselves and
> looking for a place to dump an old problem on.
> They..... well sunk our ship (in a mater of speaking)! This news
> made front page of our local newspaper. In my opinion, I think the BSA
> need to take a close look at themselves and see if they are really for our
> youth. So in light of this we are going out on our own without the BSA's
> blessing. I hope this will be a better option for us anyways. With my
> background in the US Navy and full support from our city council, we can
> get the ball rolling on this maritime youth program. As for doing thing
> with other units is not going to be a problem at this time because our ship
> cannot leave the bar. So doing things with the Puget Sound and Portland
> area is out. We are in this alone. We want to thank you all for your
> support in helping us get our feet wet. We should do just fine. :-)
> Jack "Captain Jack" Richards
> Grays Harbor Sea Explorers ?????????
> PO Box 1993
> Aberdeen, Wa 98520-0330
> Phone:(360) 533-4925
> E-mail email@example.com
When I was a Cub Scout leader, I accepted boys into my den who were
turned away from others. I could not turn away any boy who wanted to be
a scout. Then I was admonished for having too large a group.
Again, as a Sea Scout Skipper I take on youth who other skippers turn
away and am a pariaha.
Thus, stories such as this come as no surprise to me.
I could turn away from scouting and form my own organization. However,
as long as I lead an officially chartered Scout organization, Scouting
must be defined by what we do. Hopefully more people will accept the
challenge to overcome the obstacles that some scouters place in their
paths and one day Scouting will be defined by them rather than the
Jack Durish, Skipper
SSS 935 - Buccaneers
Orange County, California