Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Mon, 30 Aug 1993 07:40:00 MST
One possible way around this problem if the local council is already
cooperating is to register the youth as a Lone scout (yes they still
exist). If the young man is already a Life Scout and has meet the
leadership requirment, this should not be too big a problem. Finish the
merit badges and do a service project.
This should be discussed with the local Scout Executive (Start with the DE)
and be sure they are aware of what is being done. A method to verify or
certify that the counselors are qualify to pass the young man on the merit
badges should also be set up.
In this way you avoid the TransAtlantic Council and the International
division altogether. It is all done through the original council as if the
youth is a lone scout in that council. Sure this is not entirely
legitimate, but based upon the circumstances (the unexpected early return
to England) I see no reason why the young man should have to suffer. Or
better yet, maybe his troop would be willing to keep him on the roster
while he finished up? In any case, I suspect it would be easier to work
something out with the local council than with the International/National
office of BSA. They have to stick with their policies, no exceptions.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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