Dan Adams' letter to TAC Units
- Transatlantic Council
Boy Scouts of America
20 November 2004
Dear Transatlantic Council Scouters,
Most of you have probably heard or read of the results of the
American Civil Liberties lawsuit against the Department of Defense
concerning DoD's support of the Boy Scouts of America. We are
heartened by the positive response given by the Installation
Management Agency-Europe in today's issue of Stars and
"We plan to continue our current support to the Boy Scouts and Girl
Scouts, which includes such things as: facilities to conduct regular
meetings and recreational activities, and to store supplies, local
military telephone service, health care during scouting activities in
accordance with applicable service regulations, and space-available
use of youth services equipment," according to Millie Waters,
spokeswoman for the Installation Management Agency-Europe.
Based on BSA legal counsel and advice from our regional office, the
only change that will occur will be in the area of Chartered
Partnerships. The Executive Officer (head of) of our Chartered
Organizations and Chartered Organization Representatives are
appointed positions. DoD components will be directed to sever
chartered partnerships with our individual scouting units (packs,
troops, crews). This will not affect our units sponsored by churches,
Parent Teacher Organizations, American Legion, VFW and other like
minded civic organizations.
The following is our advice to our unit leaders whose units are
sponsored by Department of Defense Organizations.
1. If a DoD component Chartered Organization charters BSA programs,
units should seek out civic minded organizations who wish to charter
the finest youth program in the world. We believe these type of
organizations can be found in most communities.
2. The BSA has long recognized the right of private citizens to
organize a Scout association for the purpose of chartering a BSA
program. A unit committee could charter their unit by becoming the
Friends of Pack 123. We hope this would be a short term solution and
that eventually we would find a chartered organization that will
bring outside resources to support local leadership.
We believe that the best long term solution in our DoD communities
will be to invite individuals who share Scouting's beliefs and values
to form a private association for the purpose of chartering and
supporting local scouting units. We would hope that that many
individuals who benefited from Scouting as a youth, and those who
believe in what we do will join to create an even stronger
organization working locally on behalf of our volunteers and youth.
We will keep you informed as additional information becomes
available. We will also be seeking long term solutions to this and
future issues that affect the Scouting program in Europe. A positive
element from what has transpired is the messages of support that we
continue to receive from DoD's senior leadership in Europe who care
deeply about you and your families. Everyone is approaching this with
a single purpose and that is to find a solution that has a minimal
impact on the good work you are doing as volunteers.
As we approach Thanksgiving, we are grateful for your efforts. We
wish you and yours a very happy holiday. Our youth are blessed to
have such caring and dedicated role models.
Yours in Scouting,
Daniel J. Adams
Transatlantic Council, BSA