Re: International scout wants to join my troop!
Chris Haggerty, Sierra Vista, Arizona (CHAGGERTY@ARIZBPA.BITNET)
Thu, 30 Sep 1993 19:23:00 MST
From "Advancement Guidelines, Council and District Functions"
1993 Printing/1992 Edition/Copyright 1989
A Boy Scout from another country who either temporarily resides in,
or has moved permanently to, the United States may join a BSA troop
or team and participate in BSA advancement program. He must
present to the council service center available evidence of
membership and advancement level from his previous association.
Having done this, he then must appear before the district or
council advancement committee with at least one member of the
receiving troop committee present to review his previous
advancement work and to determine which BSA rank he is qualified
to receive. This policy applies to all ranks except Eagle. The
BSA rank of Eagle cannot automatically be considered the equivalent
of another association's highest rank. A Scout who holds his
association's highest rank could qualify for the rank of Life
Scout, and the district or council advancement committee should
prescribe certain merit badges for him to earn before consideration
for the rank of Eagle Scout. He must also fulfill all other
requirements for the rank of Eagle Scout."
Straight from current BSA publication on the Advancment issue. This is in
line with what your DE described and is probably all the information he has
to go on. It can easily be confirmed by picking up a copy of the above
mentioned publication at your local council service center.
If you go ahead and do this, I would recommend you work with the
council advancment committee and work with them to set this up.
Odds are this will be a first time for everyone on the council
advancment committee. Set up a good procedure for the review and
then for determining the remaining requirements. Do not let anyone
rubber stamp this process. If they do it might come back and screw
things up for the youth when it is time to turn in the Eagle
application. Also make sure there is a written report of the
meeting to be included with the young man's Eagle application
should he complete the work specified by the district/council
Sierra Vista, Arizona
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City