BSA Charter -Reply
Bruce C Johnson (email@example.com)
Mon May 11 12:44:06 1998
I'm embarrassed to say that a while ago (a year ago I think), someone sent
me the URL of BSA's charter from congress. That's the good news. It's out
there somewhere on the web. The bad news is that I had no luck finding it
this morning. Hopefully someone will have better luck finding it than I
Skipper, S.S.S. Columbia Ranger
Columbia, Maryland USA
>>> K. Wickward <firstname.lastname@example.org> 11 May 1998 11:19 am >>>
I have a copy of the charter, available at your local council office. The
BSA was incorporated by the 64th Congress on 12/6/15. The articles, which
I don't have the capability right now to publish in their entirety, appear
to be much the same as the legal documents required for any organization
wishing to incorporate in their home state. But that is for the lawyers to
determine, and apparently they can't figure that out, either. Here is a
summary, bear with me:
Sec. 1 - Names the principles and creates them a "body corporate and
politic of the District of Columbia, where its domicile shall be"
Sec 2 - Gives the corporation exclusive right to the Name "Boy Scouts of
Sec 3 - States the purpose of the BSA "to promote, through organization,
and cooperation with other agencies, the ability of boys to do things for
themselves and others, to train them in Scoutcraft, and to teach them
patriotism, courage, self-reliance, and kindred virtues, using the methods
which are now in common use by Boy Scouts."
Sec 4 - Right to raise funds, but not issue stocks.
Sec 5 - Manner of governance
Sec 6 - Annual meetings, and the right to keep documentation "within or
without the District of Columbia"
Sec 7 - Exclusive right to emblems and badges.
Sec 8 - The scouts must submit an annual report to Congress.
Sec 9 - Congress has the right to repeal, alter, or amend this Act at any
Signed by Woodrow Wilson.
Hope this is helpful,
On Sun, 10 May 1998, Tyler Brooks wrote:
> > The Boy Scouts of America is a private organization that
> >reserves the right to make and enforce its own rules and standards.
> >rules and standards form the skeleton of the organization itself.
> >remove any of these bones and the framework collapses.
> > I'd just like to remind everybody that The Boy Scouts of America is
> chartered by the United States Congress. What blazes does that mean? You
> tell me.
> (And it isn't over a hundred years old, it's about 88 years old)
> > YiS,
> > > Tyler Brooks
> Lodge Chief, Toontuk Lodge #549
> ASM Troop 10
> Bos'n SES 272, The Wandering Star
> Eagle Class o' 97!!!
> Fairbanks, Alaska
> Midnight Sun Council
> > >