Foreign members of BSA
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZMIS.BITNET)
Sun, 25 Oct 1992 13:21:00 MST
My wife (a citizen of Colombia) has been registered in BSA for over seven
years. We have never had a problem with this. We did raise some eyebrows
when we moved to Tucson, but everything went right through. It is possible
that because she was the parent of two Boy Scouts (both Colombians - but
now U.S. Citizens - they had to wait until 18 to become U.S. Citizens). It
also could be because she was registered as a committee member (this did not
keep her from going to camp and summer camp with the troop) which is not a
primary troop leadership position.
BSA rules as I understand them from past discussions only requires the
intention to become a U.S. Citizenship or permission for the Scouting
association of the foreign nationals home country. Luz has not made up her
mind on the first option (her English has a long way to go), but may soon
decide to go ahead. It makes our trips to Mexico Easier if she is a U.S.
Citizen (Colombians have to get visas). It would also make out return
easier. The small town Immiagration and customs people do not seem to be
able to handle someone coming across their boarder station who is Colombian.
(And to think, when I first went to Colombia it was noted mostly for it's
Coffee and Emeralds.)
The latter has never happened and probably never will. She was never
connected with Scouting in Colombia and odds are, never will be.
Danny, if you are coming to the U.S. and want to participate in Scouting,
start at the unit level. They will be glad to have you and in most cases
the U.S. citizenship stuff is just plain ignored all the way through the
council office. If they do notice, someone may ask a question or two and
then sign it. It is just one of those things which appears in print, but
when you are on U.S. territory, noone really pays much attention to it.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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