Re: questions about BSA...
Gina Gestautas (NORTH@DRYCAS.BITNET)
Fri, 29 Oct 1993 12:09:00 EDT
I am by far no expert, but here is a quick rundown.....
BSA = The Boy Scouts of America (a separate organization from the
Youth Membership is allowed for all boys from the ages of 5 to 21
(based on what program they are in, possibly their grade in school,
or their age at certain specified deadlines). Girls are also
allowed in the Exploring program, but cannot earn BSA ranks.
The BSA breaks down into these programs and/or ranks.
PROGRAM ADDITIONAL INFO
TIGER CUBS Boy and adult Parter (1 year program) age 6 or Kindergarten.
CUB SCOUTS RANK: WOLF (1 year program) age 7 or 1st Grade.
BEAR (1 year program)
WEBELO (2 year program currently,
graduates to Boy Scouts at
approximately age 11).
BOY SCOUTS VARIOUS PROGRESSIVE (Must finish all requirements
RANKS (TENDERFOOT for Eagle rank by 18th birthday).
EXPLORERS BOYS OR GIRLS (Can be a member from age 14 to
21. Some BOY SCOUTS switch to
EXPLORING units for the different
program, but can still work on
their EAGLE rank until age 18).
Any adult male or female at least 18 years of age (and 21 for some
positions) can be a leader in the BSA. He or she must be approved by
the local unit sponsor and (hopefully) be trained in the methods and
programs of the Boy Scouts of America. If the local unit sponsor
approves of the leader, then he or she is able to participate in all
activies as long as all rules and regulations of the BSA are followed.
Most "Assistant" positions can be fulfilled by someone 18 years of
age. Key positions are always age 21 or older.
CUB SCOUTS (and also TIGER CUBS) are part of a DEN of usually 4-6 boys.
Each DEN meets together one or more times a month and then comes
together as a PACK (group) once each month to provide recognition
(for advancement in rank), provide fellowship and allow the parents and
other family members to participate in scouting activities.
BOY SCOUTS are part of a PATROL that usually meets once a week or so
and participates (hopefully) with the other PATROLS in preparing or
planning each monthly activity or campout. Together, the patrols are
part of a TROOP that meets usually 4 or more times a year together
to recognize advancement, provide fellowship and allow parents and other
family members to participate in scouting activities.
EXPLORERS are part of a POST (equivalent of a troop) and meet several
times a month to plan or participate in activites and fellowship.
The emphasis on many Explorer posts now is with career training.
There are LAW ENFORCEMENT and FIRE FIGHTING posts. Sea Exploring
(formerly the SEA SCOUTS) has SHIPS instead of POSTS.
CUBMASTER Male or female that conducts and leads monthly PACK
MEETINGS. This person is responsible for signing all
new youth member applications.
DEN LEADER Male or female that conducts and leads weekly DEN MEETINGS.
DEN CHIEF A Boy Scout (from a nearby or "sister" - associated) troop
that is a role model and aid to a DEN LEADER. This older
boy helps to involve the boys, and also does various
duties as directed by the DEN LEADER.
DENNER A Cub Scout from a DEN that helps the DEN LEADER each week.
This position rotates among the boys in the DEN.
SCOUTMASTER Male or Female that conducts and leads each TROOP.
ASSISTANT Male or Female that assist the Scoutmaster in leading
SCOUTMASTER the troop. They may work directly with one or more
PATROLS (equivalent to the DEN LEADER position).
PATROL LEADER Youth leadership position. This position rotates
among the boys within each patrol.
Key events for Cub Scouts is the "BLUE AND GOLD DINNER" which conmemorates
the anniversary of the founding of Cub Scouts. Done Each February.
Also, each year, Cub Scout Leaders attend a POW WOW where they are
presented with classes that teach them new skills or review older ones.
These may be CRAFTS, SKITS, NEW POLICIES AND REGULATIONS, ETC.
Also, camping events have their own names in Boy Scouts.
CAMP-O-REE A camping experience that involves many troops at once
at the same site.
WEBELO-REE A camping experience that involves WEBELO Cub Scouts
from many different packs at the same site.
There are many, many, more but I will stop with these.
Gina Gestautas "Teach each child as if he is your own...
(Longhorn Council) He may influence yours when they are grown."
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