Dear TAC Alumni,
It is always a pleasure to know that so many Scouts and Scouters
had a positive experience as youth and as leaders in our council. For
some Scouters many years have gone by since their last TAC experience
but still count themselves as TAC Scouters. I would like to give you
a brief update on what is happening, and also to ask for your
support! It was also obvious from the few encounters last week at the
BSA National Meeting that there is interest in what is happening at
TAC and also some interesting rumors.
Our former Scout Executive, Dan Adams, was selected to serve as
the Scout Executive for Hawk Mountain Council in Reading, Pa. Dan and
Carol are doing very well, and miss TAC but are very busy getting a
new home set up and working with the great Scouters in that council.
When it came time for our Executive Board to form a Selection
Committee to find a new Scout Executive, there were some important
questions that needed to be answered. What type of logistical support
can be provided over the next four years or more? What does the
overall funding picture look like? Will TAC begin to stabilize its
membership (we have lost nearly 40% of our traditional membership in
Where will the office be located? It was decided that until those
questions could be answered that the council would be served by the
Assistant Scout Executive who would become the Council Administrator
who would be supported by the Area Director. So TAC has a Council
Administrator whose job it is to work with the Board and our military
leadership to resolve the challenges that prevented the hiring of a
Where are we?
Legislation will be going forward to resolve the issues
involving logistical support. Right now, the provisions are being
reviewed by BSA before being introduced either for FY 2008 or FY
2009. We want to make sure that the legislation is right and that it
does not cause more problems than it solves. There are other
possibilities for solutions that are also being worked by our
The MWR funding is being reviewed and it is agreed that our
funding will be based on our need to have the right number of
personnel in professional and administrative positions to serve our
communities rather than a strict per youth member contribution. This
should be a positive move to enable us to have enough unit serving
executives and administrative staff to fiscally maintain a council as
long as we have sufficient numbers of youth and volunteers involved.
We are also re-introducing popcorn sales so we can do our part to
help raise additional funds to support our goals in supporting youth
and our volunteers.
In May 2007, TAC had its first increase in Cub Scout membership
in five years. We have a 5% increase in total membership but a 4 %
decrease in traditional membership (need additional Boy Scouts and
Venturers). This though is a positive trend from our double digit
losses during the previous three years. Although there will still be
some community closures, they should be off-set by growth in other
areas. We are not finished with transformation, but hopefully we have
already passed the worse. With fewer communities to serve, we will do
a better job on bringing our message to the youth and adults in those
We originally thought we would be in our new offices near
Ansbach, Germany in late August or September. There are some glitches
at the moment that are being worked. We are not sure where we will be
and when. In the mean time we will do all we can to serve our
volunteers from our current location.
This should be the last year for Camp Freedom with the new camp
being located on the same property as the Council headquarters.
Again, many of the engineering issues are in-progress. The camp and
headquarters once built would put our camp in easy distance of most
of our communities in Germany. We will all mourn the loss of Camp
Freedom, site of so many memories for our Scouts and Scouters, but
will work to keep the Freedom spirit alive wherever we will be. We
may also be able to do a better job with a year-round council camping
program with a new facility.
Some Good News
Over 50 Scouters are registered for Wood Badge William
Kavanaugh our Council Commissioner was honored with the Silver
Antelope Award at the BSA National Meeting (highest honor bestowed
upon a volunteer by a Region) We had a great district conference in
Oberammergau where 4 Scouters received the Silver Beaver Award (Maria
Lock, Kitty Hamberg, Sue Horsfall, Leigh Jackson)
Our OA Lodge is strong with over 160 Scouters scheduled to attend
our Lodge Fellowship Our Friends of Scouting campaign has raised
more dollars this year than in 2006. Mayflower District has raised
the most money of any district in TAC history with over $66,000
pledged to date.
We have had wonderful district camporees including a 'tri-district'
camporee in Heidelberg hosted by Rheingold District, a 100th
Anniversary of Scouting celebration at Brownsea Island by Mayflower
District, an all Med Camporee organized by Troop 53 (Sigonella) held
in Naples, and a fun in the Netherlands organized by Troop 100 of
We have good numbers of Scouts attending our three Scout Camps, and
Cub Scout Resident Camp is full. We are on track for Normandy 2008
to be held 25-27 April in Port en Bessin.
A Final Note and how you can help!
A disturbing rumor is that TAC is scheduled to become part of
Direct Service. There is no intent in the BSA leadership or among our
volunteers and professionals to permit ourselves to be put into that
position. We will be financially strong, and will serve our
volunteers and youth in such a manner that any thought of closing
down TAC is considered to be absurd. We are and will continue to be
thanks to our great volunteers and military leadership a strong and
You can help by supporting our Friends of Scouting campaign. We
hope you will continue to support your local council but if you are
in a position to support us, your support is needed. Although we have
exceeded last year's goal and are still working with our local units
for June presentations, we are still $30K short of our target.
You can send your contributions to
Transatlantic Council, BSA
APO AE 09102
Or if you still don't live in the U.S.
Transatlantic Council, BSA
Stem Kaserne, GEB 1002
D 68232 Mannheim
You can also contribute on-line (and also designate your district) athttps://www. tac-bsa.org/ finance/fos_ card_online. htm
We do have some great recognition items!
$50-$99 Special TAC Patch (Round)
$100-$249 TAC Council Shoulder Patch 'A Scout is Kind'
$250-$499 A special TAC coin (5' Diameter)
$500-$999 A special collection of 12 council shoulder patches of
countries we serve or have served
$1000+ All of the above plus a special donor's jacket
(please indicate size)
We also have a special 100th Anniversary of Scouting Council
Shoulder Patch that is $10.00 per patch and can be ordered at https://www. tac-bsa.org/ scout_shop_ tacitems. htm
You can also help by spreading the word and forwarding the news
to other TAC Scouters who you know and are interested in helping us
to serve our US families living overseas!
Yours in Scouting,
Vincent P. Cozzone
Transatlantic Council, BSA