razor_strop wrote:So, since as I understand it National Council provides the charter for local councils to operate, does this mean that National Council could remove the people in a council failing to adhere to BSA policies, such as the folks in the recent "Ask Andy" column that affirmed a troop could set stricter standards than those set by BSA? Has anyone ever heard of this happening?
National can "decharter" a Council. They do have some leverage to "strongly suggest" mergers when they are not meeting their performance (budget/membership numbers) goals.
A Council can "decharter" a unit if they feel the Charter partner isn't meeting the program guidelines. A Council Exec does have the power to remove individuals from the BSA and permanently ban them.
A Chartered Organization can decide to no longer sponsor a unit.
A Unit Committee does have the say on who is in their unit (adults and youth) especially if there are discipline problems. This is usually a last resort. Complaining to the Council and removing the youth is something I've never heard of.
Can Troops set stricter standards that National? No but a number do and it is very difficult to police since most scouts and parents don't know its happening and it is not raised outside the unit until there is a problem. Some of these "troop rules" are relatively benign but the number one rule I've heard of and seen imposed is the % attendance one.