Re: International scout wants to join my troop!
Patrick G Skelly (scoutldr@AOL.COM)
Sun, 3 Oct 1993 14:45:15 EDT
The following extract from my BSA documents would appear to be the only thing
you need to look at with respect to REGISTERING Soren, the Danish Scout, in
[start quote] Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America
Article VII - Youth Members
Section1 - General Classifications
Visiting Youth Members
Clause 3 - Enrollment
Young people of other nationalities who are temporarily resident in the
United States may be enrolled as "visiting" youth members, at the national
office of the Corporation upon local council recommendation.
Clause 4 - Affiliation
Such enrollment shall entitle the youth members to affiliate with a local
unit where the individual temporarily resides and to share all activities,
privileges, advancement recognition, and service credits to which registered
members of the Boy Scouts of America are entitled. This shall include the
right to wear, while thus affiliated, the prescribed insignia and uniform of
the Boy Scouts of America for which the member may qualify.
Clause 5 - Certificate of Service
Upon leaving the United States, certificates shall be given such
affiliated "visiting" youth members attesting their service record and
advancement while in the Uniuted States. [end quote]
You may wish to confirm whether this citation is still current; but I am sure
it is. My source is document 57-492, 1989 printing.
Beyond that, I would confirm the citation given previously by Chris Haggerty
regarding transfer of previous advancement level and advancement within your
The following comes from "Scouting 'Round the World", WOSM, 1990. "The
International Letter of Introduction is recognized by all Scout Organizations
as a standard form of introduction for a Scout or leader when traveling. The
letter establishes the identity of the bearer, and entitles him or her to be
recognized as a fellow member of the World Organization [of the Scout
Movement]. Because Soren is resident, albeit temporary, rather than
traveling, the letter would seem quite unnecessary. However, if he returns
home via a circuitous route, you may wish to obtain one for him later.
- Pat Skelly, "ScoutLdr@AOL.com"
CR, Troop and Post 520, Grand Canyon Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City