Hello fellow BYC members ! I'm hoping you can help me out on a few issues I'm having. Below are two generic questions regarding Boy Scouts. Boy Scouts are age 11-18. The Troop referenced has approximately 25 boys in it- with most of them between the age of 12 and 16. They go hiking, backpacking, swimming, camping, rock climbing as well as learn skills such as first aid, knots, and etc. Trips can be one night to several nights. This is boy scouts, not cub scouts - there is a big difference between the two. In cub scouts the parents have to be more involved and there are a lot more restrictions on what they can do. Below the questions is a basic structure for the Scouts if you are unfamiliar with them. Question 1: You have a child between the ages of 11 and 18 who is(wants to be) a member of the Boy Scouts. You learn that the Scoutmaster (the leader of the Troop, sort of the CEO) is 23 years old. Do you feel comfortable in his ability to be responsible and mature in matters of your child's safety and well being, have the capability to handle himself appropriately, be an effective leader on outings and camping trips, and be able to maintain discipline within the Troop (keeping the boys engaged and not having them running wild) ? A. Yes - I'm comfortable with this B. No - I don't feel comfortable with it. C. Not Sure - It depends on the person. Some are more responsible than others. Question 2: Do you feel it an ethical violation and/or a conflict of interest if the committee chairperson is the mother of the Scoutmaster, who are residing in the same household ? (The chairperson runs the committee, and the scoutmaster runs the troop. It is supposed to be a checks and balance system. Keeping in mind that in reality, many decisions have been/are made with little to no involvement of the general commitee via telephone calls between these two individuals.) A. Yes, I feel it is an ethical violation/conflict of interest to have two members in the same household in control of both aspects of the Troop. B. No, I would feel comfortable having a mother/son team running the Troop and don't see it as a conflict or violation. C. I'm not sure. Please feel free to make any comments or list any concerns you see with either of these two situations. Also, if you want to, please feel free to list your reasoning, experience, training or otherwise if you want to. Please note, these results may be used in our next committee meeting - likely to be in early December. I'm hoping to get a good general sampling from people whom I have never met, who are not affiliated with our Troop, and know nothing about the people. Names will not be used. I respect your privacy ! The basic structure of the Boy Scouts is this - in this order of authority from top to bottom - the Chartered Organization having the final say. It is very simiar to a corporate structure of shareholders, a board of directors and a CEO: Chartered Organization - a Church, Lions Club, YMCA, etc. that agrees to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop. (would be the shareholders) Chartered Organization Representative - a person involved with the above organization who is appointed by the organization to hold a seat on the committee to ensure that the Committee and the Troop operate within the guidelines as set forth by the organization and the Boy Scouts of America. (appointed by the shareholders) Committee Chairperson - The individual in charge of the committee, setting meetings, deciding agenda's and has ultimate responsibility of the actions of the committee. This individual was appointed by the Chartered Organization Representative (like the chairperson of a board of directors). Committee - group of individuals who meet once or more per month (sometimes less) to decide on matters involving finances, program, activities and etc. as presented by the Scoutmaster. The committee is made up of various individuals, male and female, with varying backgrounds (like the board of directors) Scoutmaster - individual appointed by the committee who is responsible for the day to day business of the Troop. He delegates planning, meets with scout leadership (the boys themselves), and makes decisions regarding activities and the remaining structure of the Troop. he leads camping trips and outings. (in essence, the CEO). He submits these plans to the committee for approval and to discuss funding.