British Eagle Scout
Olan Watkins (o.watkins@GENIE.GEIS.COM)
Sat, 28 Aug 1993 02:51:00 BST
Sub: British Eagles!?
From cimshop!KELLEHER%DISNEY@uunet.UU.NET Fri Aug 27 20:07:32 1993
Subject: British Eagles!?
Hi Olan -
Apparently my server has been hiccuping, so I can't post directly to the
Scouts list. Just thought I'd pass on my experience from a similar
A German boy's family lived in California for several years, during which
time he was extremely active in a local troop and achieved Life rank. He
verging on Eagle when his father was moved back to Berlin, where we hoped he
could complete his Eagle requirements in one of the military units there.
Unfortunately, Scouting's rules prohibited him from doing so. We appealed
to the Council Exec in TransAtlantic Council who referred us to
division at BSA, but were turned down at all places. Even though the boy
register as a Pfadfinder in Berlin, and had the permission and encouragement
of his own unit to cross register with the BSA, he was denied, and turned 18
the following year making it all moot.
It seems that International Scouting has a rule that a boy cannot join a
foreign Scout organization while living in his own country. I guess it is
intended to prevent Scouts-Canada from competing for kids in Michigan and
York, or BSA from scarfing up all the youngsters in Moscow, but it is (or
in that instance) applied with some vigor.
Perhaps things have changed a bit - it was 1985 we went through this
heartbreak. I would hope that somebody with half an ounce of heart has
his way into a position of authority and can find a way around the rule. Or
perhaps there is greater freedom in the UK. In either case, good luck!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City